Posted in Poetry, tanka

On the Wind | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 424.

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 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/?ref=openverse

Posted in Poetry, sijo

Roses and bright lights | Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #12

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?

Photo by Sowren DB on Unsplash

Posted in Observations, Poem, Poetry, tanka

Community | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 412

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.

Photo by Billy Pasco on Unsplash.

Note: A snow monkey is also known as a Japanese macaque.

Posted in Poetry, Writing

Peonies and Roses | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 410

the king of flowers...
fragrant blooms on slender stems
the peony tree

the queen of flowers open
on rose bushes with sharp thorns

[tanka.] 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.

Posted in nature, Poetry, tanka

Tours to the past | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 407

“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.

Posted in Life Happens, nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Etched in sand | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 404

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

Photo by Giuseppe Famiani on Unsplash

Synonym: pebbles = sand.

Posted in Life Happens, nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Waiting | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 403

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

Lighthouse And Storm (Explored)” by jarr1520 is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0. (Not modified.)

The haiku form (Impending Storm) can be found on my blog, Quietude and Tea.

Posted in Poetry, tanka

Smoky waters | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 401 SMOKE and Water.

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 CC BY 2.0.

Note: My poem is not representative of the actual river or the condition of its water. Just a hazy, moody scene .

Posted in nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Rocks and Spider Webs #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 395

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 395 CRUST and Scar.

"NCA 17 Orton Fells - Great Asby Scar NNR" by naturalengland is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Limestone Pavements
limestone scars   
thrust up through Earth's crust   
white pavement   
      abrasions by glaciers    
      where spiders string their webs   
      [tanka.] Copyright © 2022-01-31, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Reference: “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.

Posted in nature, November, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka

Winter’s sleep | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 385 Leaves & Mound

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).

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.

Good night!
Lizl

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.

Untitled

Posted in folklore, micropoetry, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Webs of Dreams | #Ronovan Writes #Haiku #Challenge 366

lake, trees, clouds and stars
Image by RENE RAUSCHENBERGER from Pixabay

intertwined branches
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

 

Posted in folklore, micropoetry, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Nature Walks | #Ronovan Writes #Haiku Challenge 360

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

wills-o’-the-wisp float
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.

 

Posted in national-poetry-month, nature, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Lightning Strike | Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge 353

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

Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

Posted in life through my windows, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Uncategorized, Writing

Silly songs | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Weekly Challenge 348

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 348 FOOL and Head

coreopsis flowers
Garden Flowers

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.

Posted in life through my windows, NaHaiWriMo, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Uncategorized, Writing

Long-Term Caring

tiger lilies
Remembering

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.

Posted in Haiku, life through my windows, NaHaiWriMo, nature, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Remember Spring | #RonovanWrites #Haiku Challenge 344 #tanka

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)

Posted in life through my windows, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Look forward to Spring | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 340

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 PixabayPixabay

Posted in life through my windows, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Puppy Time | Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 335

coffee with the Scamper

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.

Posted in Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

Afternoon Shade | #RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku # Poetry #Challenge 334

koi fish and lily pads in pond
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.

 

Photo by Jan Canty on Unsplash

Posted in life through my windows, Personal, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Uncategorized, Writing

Raindrop Promises | #RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 328 Dust & Weed


 

 

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.

 

Posted in life through my windows, Personal, Photography, Poem, Poetry, tanka, Writing

I Promise You | #RonovanWrites #Haiku #Challenge 325 Calm+Storm

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 325 CALM & STORM

Alyssum flowers, grass, autumn leaves
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.