Category Archives: everydayinspiration

If trees had wings #poem

if trees had wings— need not trust to fickle winds to safely bear their seed if the heart could hear tomorrow… choose to go or stay Copyright © 2018-08-12, by Elizabeth Bennefeld.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Waiting for the silence

So many names, so many faces I no longer remember, voices muted by the overwhelming years. I threw away their letters. Burned their photographs. Drowned grief in nights of walking…days at the piano, my hands exhausted, my fingers worn. All … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Forerunners

those who came before did not see a moon our first stepping stone to space Copyright © 2018-07-20, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

No Rereads, Nothing More

no history fires made of letters that I’ll never read again Copyright © 2018/06/24, by E.W. Bennefeld. no correspondence between life and death lights turned off Copyright © 2018/06/24, by E.W. Bennefeld.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life Happens, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

No Regrets

the colors of springtime the scent of autumn’s falling leaves non, je ne regrette rien © Elizabeth W. Bennefeld, 2018-05-31. Written in response to Mara Eastern’s (maraeastern[dot]com) post on that date on the discontinuation of WP’s weekly Photo Challenge (among … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, Miscellanea, Photography, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Lifestyle, Miscellanea, Photography, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Lifestyle, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 30, A Closing Poem | #NaPoWriMo2018

Today’s prompt, write a closing time poem. I had thought there would be more feelings about…more active involvement in the act of my dying. Interaction with this new experience. Not simply waiting in the not-silence, listening to my breath in- and … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 27: Wind and Water (final version) | #NaPoWriMo2018

waves beat on the shore playing footsies with strangers then slipping away wind and sand party along the beach … Catch me if you can! Copyright © 2018-04-27, by Elizabeth Bennefeld, final version. Prompt: Ronovan Writes Haiku challenge of 23 … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 22: As Far as the East Is | NaPoWriMo2018

For April 22, I selected this prompt from naprowrimo: And now for our daily prompt (optional as always). I’ve found this one rather useful in trying to ‘surprise’ myself into writing something I wouldn’t have come up with otherwise. Today, … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 20 – Energy | #NaPoWriMo2018

exuberant raindrops keep time against the window until the cloud-break streams send water toward the sea as shadows turn to light Copyright © 2018-04-30, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. Note: Finishing up with the missed/delayed poem postings for #NaPoWriMo2018. Searching for photographs … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Day 15 – If I were a garden | #NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt- Cayahoga library: Katerina Stoykova-Klemer has written, “Often I Wish I Were// a potato.// Eyes opened/ in all directions.” Begin a poem with “Often I wish I were” and complete the  stanza with…” and  see where that takes your poem. … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Day 12 Prompt: Natural Landscape | NaPoWriMo2018

NaPoWriMo Prompt: Today, we’d like to challenge you specifically to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live. It may be the high sierra, dusty plains, lush rainforest, or a suburbia of tiny, identical … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo2018, Poetry | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Being real

what’s real being real isn’t hard if you don’t expect today’s real to be the same as yesterday’s or tomorrow’s version reality changes as the hours and days journey through near and distant lands inner and outer space and down … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Back in the Day (30 November 2017)

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a “back in the day” poem. You might also call this a “good old days” poem or a “bad old days” poem. To me, back in the day is synonymous with history–but a kind of … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Response Poem (29 November 2017)

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a response poem. The poem can be a response to anything–a piece of news, some art, a famous (or not so famous) quotation, or whatever. However, I thought it might be a cool opportunity to … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Lifestyle, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Marsh’s Edge (27 November 2017)

marsh’s edge red-winged blackbirds celebrate new-hatched chicks   clinging to his reedy stalk, feathers fluffed, the father sings Copyright © by Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-27

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shine (26 November 2017)

sunshine through leaves kissed by frost…changing color golden light Copyright © 2017-11-26, by Lizl Bennefeld. Prompt: Brewer: shine  

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raindrops (25 November 2017)

PoetryPotion: Rain, rain, rain! raindrops on the roof raindrops on the window pane raindrops all about rain came down, this week, in sheets that can’t be used for sails      —Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-25

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Remember Me (24 November 2017)

My husband and I have been talking about this writing prompt, how we feel about being remembered after we die. As a writer, I thought at first that I would want my poetry to be remembered (and I would be … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Lifestyle, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Neglected Chores (24 November 2017)

stacks of clothes worn and freshly laundered gather dust the outside world fades away when words are singing in my mind Copyright © 2017-11-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Blizzard (22 November 2017)

brisk arctic windsspring clouds from the southwind sculpted ice icicle teeth hang from branchesthreatening spring tulips Copyright © 2017-11-22, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outside War, Inside (21 November 2017)

bifurcated forcibly polarized world no in-between dark skin or white…no gender pushed to declare a side Copyright © 2017-11-21, by Lizl Bennefeld. Prompt from PoetryPotion: “The war inside”

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Season Transformation April 2013

Photographs from an earlier, very “weathery” year brisk arctic winds spring clouds from the south wind sculpted ice see-through teeth hang from branches threatening spring tulips Copyright © 2017-11-22, by Lizl Bennefeld. WP Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, Photography, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Ragged Sunlight (20 November 2017)

  sharp north winds broken cloud cover ragged sunlight winter…refuge from the heat cold seeps into these old bones Copyright © 2017-11-20, by Elizabeth (Lizl) Bennefeld.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Night Sounds (17 November 2017)

For Day 17, the prompt I chose is “ember” tea leaves and night sounds a steel pot on warm embers battered cups distractions discarded we talk about what matters — Elizabeth W. “Lizl” Bennefeld, copyright © 2017-11-19. Prompt: “ember” from … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Seeing Mother (16 November 2017)

Prompt: “When I see my mother” When I see her now she looks so much younger— filled with song vigorous and happy, radiant… sorrows past, still in love —Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-18 Note: My mother died on 15 November 2016 (age … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Miscellanea, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Memories (15 November 2017)

banked camp fire glowing embers toast the last s’mores laughter and hot cocoa childhood memories of love Copyright © by Elizabeth “Lizl” Bennefeld, 2017-11-15  

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Lifestyle, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Harvesting Fog (14 November 2017)

Nahaiwrimo: droplet harvest mountain fog catch droplets on nets—water to green the desert — Elizabeth Bennefeld, 2017-11-14

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Partly Cloudy (13 November 2017)

This is a poem that I wrote for the “Ronovan Writes Haiku” weekly poetry writing challenge, for which two words are provided as prompts and synonyms are allowed. Haiku are, for purposes of the challenge, defined as 5-7-5 format…or writer’s … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blanket of light (10 November 2017)

night sky fiery blanket of light a sea of stars broad enough to span a life deep enough to hide within Copyright © 2017-11-10, by Elizabeth “Lizl” Bennefeld. Source: QuiltedPoetry.net – Poem a day, Day 10

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, NaPoWriMo, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Blanket of light (10 November 2017)

Cold Winds (9 November 2017)

  geese and frigid winds flow south…ragged array their loud cries — Elizabeth W. Bennefeld Copyright © 2017-11-09 NaHaiWriMo prompt for this day: “flow”.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Water Puddle (8 November 2017)

after rain water puddle mirror sky underfoot Copyright © 2017-11-08, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. Writing a poem a day during November 2017. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Temporary

Posted in everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Breath of Morning (November 6, 2017)

the breath of morning tints eastern skies … as night’s hand tucks away its stars Copyright © 2017-11-06, by Lizl Bennefeld. I went through a number of variations on this. Still not sure which one I like the best. This, … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

November Weather (3 November 2017)

Today’s prompt is from The Daily Poet: What’s The Weather Out There? tiny snowflakes drift down in slow motion…to ground too warm to hold them Copyright © 2017-11-03, by Lizl Bennefeld.   Also, I made a stab at using the … Continue reading

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in everydayinspiration, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Startled amusement

old photographs a poppy for remembrance— so long ago his proposal accepted his startled silence Copyright © 2017-10-05, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.   The waning days of the Japanese Poetry workshop. Far too short!

Posted in Courses/Workshops, everydayinspiration, Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pedestrian – Photo Challenge

I like this one a lot, and so decided to put it here, also. This is the last week of “Introduction to Japanese Poetry”, and I’m really enjoying it. cross-branch travel Asian lady beetle on foot a common sight air … Continue reading

Posted in Courses/Workshops, everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments