Author Archives: Lizl Bennefeld

Eventide

the wind rests quiet on the land faint sunlight shrinks behind tree branches and blue clouds pasted on a blue-grey sky birds sing summonings then nestle into nests for warmth throughout a night with which the cold returns too soon … Continue reading

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Day 14, Open Air Dining | #NaPoWriMo2018

I decided to go back to yesterday’s poetry prompts list and write a poem to go with my favorite grasshopper photograph. Brewer: “For today’s prompt, pick an insect (any insect), make it the title of your poem, and then, write … Continue reading

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Day 26, Life-long learning | #NaPoWriMo2018

nahaiwrimo:April 26 LEARN Real life-long learning doesn’t have to be profound or deep or even long-lasting. Doing so keeps us young! While in Boston this last weekend, I learned that I love lobster rolls. I also learned that I love … Continue reading

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Day 24: Growing Up | #NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt for the day, Cayahoga library: List all the jobs you have had, including volunteer work and other unpaid jobs. Turn the list into a list poem by rearranging, repeating or just titling it. /Or/ write a poem about one … Continue reading

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Day 19: Origins | #NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt for Day 19 is from the Cayahoga Library: An “origin story” is the backstory of how a character became a protagonist or how superheroines (or -heroes) received theirsuperpowers. Write a poem that imagines your backstory as either a poet … Continue reading

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Day 29: Whatever it takes | #NaPoWriMo

Brewer: “For today’s prompt, write a response poem. Respond to whatever helps you get your poem written…” dry leaves dance above— leaping higher than treetops stripped by April winds green shoots kissed by dirt and rain pledge autumn one more … Continue reading

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Backyard Visitation, April 28 | #NaPoWriMo2018

Cuyahoga Library prompt: Cleveland poet Russell Atkins describes a backyard that “has hold/ of the throats/ of trees.” Write a poem that personifies your backyard, or the backyard of someone you know, during a particular season of the year. like … Continue reading

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Day 11 prompt: stone(s) | #NaPoWriMo2018

NaHaiWriMo Prompt for day 11: stone(s) pebbles underfoot dry path through the heavy dew bold whispers of spring violets perfume the breeze moonlight bathes the late-night waves Copyright © 2018-04-13, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Day 7: Sound | #NaPoWriMo2018

The prompt for today called for a poem involving one (or more) of the senses. I find that I still miss hearing those voices in the night, singing me to sleep. “Night Sounds” in the apartment where I lived before … Continue reading

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Distant Silence | WP Weekly Photo Challenge

  like a vapor trail barely visible against the sky…too far away to hear a sound as life begins and ends Copyright © 2018-01-18, by Lizl Bennefeld. WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence.

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Solar Sky Diving (2 November 2017)

unfurl your wings catch and sail the solar wind from Venus to Earth hide inside Luna’s shadow— count the myriad divers stars Copyright © 2017-11-02, by Lizl Bennefeld. NaHaiWriMo prompt for November 2: solar wind. I went with NaHaiWriMo’s prompt, … Continue reading

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One feather (1 November 2017)

white feather— cradled by blades of grass— free of dew one feather fell to earth together the rest still fly Copyright © 2017-11-01, by Lizl Bennefeld. Not a novelist, I intend to write (at least) one poem a day during … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 6: The Space to Write

I usually like to be in the midst of things as I write. That means, here, being in the front room, where I’m just steps from whatever I need. Our dogs keep me company, and taking them outside every hour … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 5: Begin with a Quotation

One need not hope in order to undertake, nor succeed in order to persevere. — William I, Prince of Orange (1533–1584) I don’t recall when I first came across this quotation attributed to William I, Prince of Orange, but it’s … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration: I write because . . .

Why do I write? At its most basic, I write to find out what I think, or, what I am thinking about. I write prose to discover, to remember, and to understand. I write poetry/prose poetry to discover how I feel … Continue reading

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To Turn Back the Tide

“To Turn Back the Tide” …and when the tide had turned, when waking from long sleep, I found that all was swept away or reconfigured beyond memories Who am I in this new world? If there are paths I cannot … Continue reading

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Outside, again

The temperature is high enough, again, to sit outside in the gazebo (out of the sun) and read the news, watch the dogs play and listen to my husband’s latest wood-working project in progress. I don’t often use this small … Continue reading

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WeekendCoffeeShare | 26 March ’17

Monday is so far in the past, I hardly remember it, now. Welcome! Thank you for dropping by for coffee, this week. There is Toddy coffee, hot or cold, made with water, milk, or both. Many kinds of cheese for … Continue reading

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And so forth

standing at the door to the beginning, hand raised… still, the second thoughts I have stayed up too late, tonight, deciding which poems, written during the past three years, I want to share on these pages. I also wonder about … Continue reading

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Starting Out

This year…these past six months have been among the most difficult of my life, taking into account life changes. Both of my parents died, ages 94 and 100. The family home is being sold, although to one of my brothers, … Continue reading

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