Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424 BLEW & Skies.
gentle zephyr winds
blew the rain clouds before them
tidying the skies
polished blues and gold sunbeams
songs of joyful meadowlarks
[tanka,] Copyright © 2022-08-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.
“Western Meadowlark” by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit
romance began in moonlight
sparkling fireworks and stars
sentiments and shared interests
reading the same library books
differences in opinions while
still setting common goals
[sijo.] Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2022-06-02.
Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12. Use ROMANCE as your inspiration this week.
In truth, I didn’t know what to write for this theme. But we celebrate our thirtieth wedding anniversary, this year. Lives and relationships build on the beginnings, and as the layers form, they firm up the surfaces. Make them stronger, yet more flexible. Comfortable as the layers of life work together. Common trust that can sustain relationships through difficulties. Who would have thought it?
Sowren DB on Unsplash
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412: Beast and Steam.
Billy Pasco – Snow Monkeys – Unsplash steam rises around
snow monkeys in their hot springs
as they share the warmth
the beastly thing about winter
is how to not turn to ice
Copyright © 2022-05-30, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Billy Pasco on Unsplash.
Note: A snow monkey is also known as a Japanese macaque.
the king of flowers...
fragrant blooms on slender stems
the peony tree
the queen of flowers open
on rose bushes with sharp thorns
Copyright © 2022-05-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 410 KING and Queen.
“Peony and Rose” by
Doolallyally is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.
“Barker Dam Trailhead, 8/20/15” by Joshua Tree National Park is marked with CC PDM 1.0.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 407 high desert footpaths
wend their way through cragged canyons
and Joshua trees
massive boulders and arches
old gold mines and dreams
© 2022-04-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Photos by Liz Bennefeld.
memories etched in sand
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 404 Eyes and Sand moonlight on the waves
as far as my eyes can see
pebbles on the shore
I still hear you whispering
that you someday will return
copyright © 2022-04-04, by lizl bennefeld
Giuseppe Famiani on Unsplash
Synonym: pebbles = sand.
Lighthouse and Storm
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 403 TOWER and Watch
watching ocean waves
from atop the lighthouse tower—
softly on the rocks
make the windows watertight
firm against late autumn storms
copyright © 2022-03-28, by lizl bennefeld
(Not modified.) “ Lighthouse And Storm (Explored)” by jarr1520 is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0.
The haiku form
(Impending Storm) can be found on my blog, Quietude and Tea.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 401 SMOKE and Water.
smoke on the water
mimicking a hazy day
no air left to breathe
river banks guide sullen streams
as they creep toward the sea
[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-03-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Smoke on the Water” by -mtnoxx- is marked with C C BY 2.0.
Note: My poem is not representative of the actual river or the condition of its water. Just a hazy, moody scene .
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 395 CRUST and Scar.
Limestone Pavements limestone scars
thrust up through Earth's crust
abrasions by glaciers
where spiders string their webs
[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-01-31, by Lizl Bennefeld.
“The Limestone Pavements of Orton Fells”, by Kaushik Patowary, The Amusing Planet, 10 April 2015.
Image: “NCA 17 Orton Fells – Great Asby Scar NNR” by naturalengland is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Photo by Allec Gomes on Unsplash
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 394 GLARE and Mask.
mask the aging sets and props awed patrons applaud performers take their last bows end of an era…closing night
[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-01-25, by Lizl Bennefeld.
four hours of sleep…enough to embrace the day the quiet hours before dawn the vast oceans of thought
Copyright © 2022-01-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Image by Xuân Tuấn Anh Đặng from Pixabay.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 393 DOWN and Line
truths turn into lies
reality moves slowly… the sky falls down thin lines divide love from fear ties bind and we all fall down
[tanka.] Copyright © Lizl, 2022-01-17.
Nature’s Blankets dead leaves on the ground
spread out across the landscape
not piled up or bagged
beneath their winter blankets
seeds and insects sleep til spring
Copyright © 2021-11-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 385 LEAF(leaves) & Mound(s).
peering through the clouds
guiding lost travelers
through the lonely night
Copyright © 2021-11-19, by Lizl Bennefeld.
rites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 384 WAIT & Wise.
the heel-and-toe line dances
measured polka steps
potluck meals and visiting
neighbors sharing cares and joys
Copyright © 2021/08/30 by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 373 LINE and Toe
no signs or symbols
some questions have no answers what begins will end
sunrise comes to greet each day
bright clouds or looming darkness
Copyright © 2021/08/23 by Lizl Bennefeld. Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 372 QUESTION and Sign
young to old
flow and ebb of life
the push and pull of moonlight
eternal ocean lullabies
Copyright © 2021/08/16 by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 371 PULL and Push
Still Life with Apples
mother’s still life oils
ripe apples and other fruit held in a blue bowl hung in her web gallery without fading or decay
Copyright © 2021/08/12 by Lizl Bennefeld.
Rhoda’s Oil Paintings Gallery
Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com
Oddly, I don’t seem to have an image to go with this. It’s late at night, once again, and again I am at my keyboard, the dogs at the foot of the bed. I like this time of the night because everything around me has come to rest…except for me. I appreciate the quiet.
thoughts and second thoughts
present themselves past midnight choices made in haste
words spoken and unspoken
might swap places if they could Copyright © 2021/08/09, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Obscuring the Moon
a screech-owl’s call
distant echoes in the dark… a scratch at the door rising winds rustle the leaves as clouds erase the moon
Copyright © 2021•08•03, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 369 SCRATCH and Screech.
Image by RENE RAUSCHENBERGER from Pixabay
create a web of shadows weaving dark with light
scattered clouds and glowing stars
mirrored in a breathless lake
Copyright © 2021•07•12, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 366 WEAVE and Web
weeping willows sigh
as nature’s wind and raindrops hammer at the roof
in the home hearth, embers glow
with memories of your love
Copyright © 2021•06•07 by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 361 HOME and Weep
CHT207479 Will-o’-the-wisp and Snake (colour litho); by Hendrich, Hermann (b.1856) (after); colour lithograph; Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France; Archives Charmet; German, out of copyright
through the damp and misty air searching out pathways… sights that you don’t want to see tracks down which you should not go
Copyright © 1 June 2021, by Liz Bennefeld.
#Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 360 AIR and Wisp.
clouds and bitter winds
high above those well marked paths refresh the spirit
there’s no need to go further
it’s a long, cold journey home
Copyright © 11 May 2021, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 357 HIGH and Refresh.
lightning branches out
its particles swift to find short paths to the ground
as bolts inflame the treetops
the earth trembles at the sound
Copyright © Lizl Bennefeld, 2021-04-13
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 353 BRANCH and Swift
Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash
chittering of squirrels
as they settle into sleep twilight turns to night as mockingbirds sing their songs to stars scattered on the sky
Copyright © 2021-03-22, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Image by dendoktoor from Pixabay.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 350 CHIRP and Twilight
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 348 FOOL and Head
nodding flower heads
warm beneath the summer sun
dream of autumn days
crickets laze about and chirp
silly songs in cool, dark shade
Copyright © 2021-03-09, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 347 ACHE and Ease
the ease of leaving
everything behind for now
sorrow at the loss
forget-me-nots remind me
of your true and faithful love
Copyright © 2021-03-02, by Lizl Bennefeld.
seeds and parachutes
weighted down by morning dew
sparkle in the glow
sunlight dries the burdened seeds
south winds puff to watch them soar
Copyright © 2012-02-25, by Lizl Bennefeld.
(NaHaiWriMo 2021, Day 26)
Image by InspiredImages from Pixabay.
patio for guests
within call if she awakes…
the scent of lilies
a stray whiff of her perfume
the memory of her voice
Copyright © 2021-02-23, by Lizl Bennefeld.
(NaHaiWriMo 2021, Day 23)
Photo from the archives of Lizl Bennefeld, photographer.
bright colors faded
sharp patterns in black and tan
stark beauty in the sunlight
caught up by the autumn glow
Copyright © 2021-02-16, by Lizl Bennefeld.
(NaHaiWriMo, Day 17)
Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay.
Claws of Ice
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 344 BITE and Teeth.
the biting winds sculpt
icy teeth on bare branches
freeze my hands and face
early spring’s sudden ice storms
coat the trees and city streets
Copyright © 2021-02-08, by Lizl Bennefeld.
NaHaiWriMo (Day 8)
so many forests
where I’ll never walk again
fading years and dreams
videos of springtime rills
photographs of mountain streams
Copyright © 2021-02-05 by Lizl Bennefeld.
Timothy Eberly on Unsplash
as the days grow short
rabbits seek out deep shadows
waiting for twilight
life on the border between
adventure and quiet peace
Copyright © 2021-01-13, by Lizl Bennefeld.
the dawn comes quickly
lighting clouds beyond my feet
valleys filled by mist
somewhere below, crowds gather—
Copyright © 2021-01-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.
After the end-of-year activities, getting back into the swing of writing through picking images and writing from/to them.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 340 RELEASE and Simple.
release from darkness
simple joy in springtime’s breeze
relax into peace
whispering of butterflies
morning songs of cheerful birds
Copyright © 2021-01-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Image by Ronny Overhate from Pixabay Pixabay
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 338 Bound and Sway
swaying in crosswinds
bound up by indecision… time to walk away?
some problems have no fixes
or require a new approach
Copyright © 2020–12–30, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Aquilatin from Pixabay
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 335 Curl and Paw
my dog falls asleep
his head resting on his paws curled up in my lap
he naps while I drink coffee
then we walk around the block
Copyright © 2020-12-07, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Koi FIsh and Lily Pads
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 334 GRACE and Slip
graceful in the pond
koi slip under lily pads
sheltered from the sun
they gossip together and
lunch on tiny water bugs
Copyright © 2020-12-01, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Jan Canty on Unsplash
At one remove
snow is falling, now
mostly hidden by cold mist
no wind stirs the fog
puffy clouds and sunshine rain
Copyright © 2020-10-22, by Lizl Bennefeld.
winds of near winter
leach moisture from the garden
turning dirt to dust
seeds now dream of spring’s warm rain
safe beneath the leaves and weeds
Copyright © 2020-10-20, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328 Dust & Weed
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328 Dust & Weed
Promises in Raindrops
Sweet Alyssum Flowers
beauty among weeds
wildflower seeds and moisture
raindrops in the dust
the sky adorned with rain clouds
nature’s glory is renewed
Copyright © 2020-10-19, by Lizl Bennefeld.
lost time and regret
as the focus of the world
narrows and darkens a dim light—far distant—shines
brighter in the depths of night
Copyright © 2020-09-30, by Lizl Bennefeld
Tim Oosterbeek from Pixabay
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 325 CALM & STORM
i promise you
the calm and quiet
at the center of the storm…
there are flowers still
autumn leaves, the scent of rain
after winter comes the spring
Copyright © 2020-09-28, by Lizl Bennefeld.
to those not yet dead
consider what is lacking
for those left behind
promises to be fulfilled
apologies for dying
[tanka.] Copyright © 2020-09-21, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Thoughts for those of us who dare and who also expect never to fall or fail.
Image by E. W. Bennefeld, 24 April 2018.