Category Archives: Finding Everyday Inspiration

Larger than life…

i would not rebel against nature’s potpourri— evening’s smoky reds cold winter’s crusted snow…or changing the world in my dreams Copyright © 2018-08-22, by Elizabeth W. “Lizl” Bennefeld.

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Evening Walk

Also published this date on the Quilted Poetry blog and inspired by a photograph (third one from the top) on Thomas Gable’s post: Spring is Near on the blog When Timber Makes One Still. honey-dark amber reflected in the water … Continue reading

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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.

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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

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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

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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 8: Late Snowfall | #NaPoWriMo2018

tulips pushing through loam to newly fallen snow wait in line for spring our rabbits, lacking new grass, nibble tender tulip shoots Copyright © 2018-04-08, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. We have a lot of rabbits in our yard and the surrounding … 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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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

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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

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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”.

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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

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Sleepy Ocean (November 7, 2017)

ripples slide onshore whispering along the sand— night songs in moonlight as the restless ocean sighs… falls more deeply into sleep Copyright © 2017-11-07, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. NaHaiWriMo prompt for 7 Nov. 2017: sigh  

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Swoop Down (5 November 2017) | #NaHaiWriMo

peregrine’s swoop grasping talons…beating wings flickertail feathers Copyright © 2017-11-05, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld. Prompt: #NaHaiWriMo : Swoop  

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New Snow (4 November 2017)

  blanket of new snow puffy clouds hold in earth’s warmth rabbit tracks melt first Copyright © November 4, 2017, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld.

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One-upmanship

crows caw overhead landing on high branches taking off again the loudest bird will settle only for the highest perch Copyright © 2017-10-07, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

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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!

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In its own shadow

The tanka practice in week three of the workshop continues. This is one of the practice poems that I think I will not submit to the workshop leader; it feels like just an extended haiku. I like the flower, though. … Continue reading

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It is morning . . .

It is morning, and I worry about the honeybees and the farmers who grow weeds no longer bothered by herbicides Copyright © 2017-09-14, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Everyday Inspiration: Poetry Workshop

Beginning on Monday, 11 September, and continuing for four weeks, I am taking part in an online poetry workshop: Introduction to Japanese Poetry. It is a “hands-on”, writing workshop, which I expect to enjoy immensely. I’ve a book by the … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 20: Wrap It Up

  What I enjoyed (and did not) I enjoyed the prompts. They were not earthshaking, but they served their purpose. The subjects were predictable, but the techniques/methods for addressing the prompts were varied. I was able to bypass the techniques … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 19: Roundup of Great Reads

Perhaps not so much great “reads” in every case. I do enjoy looking at photographs of the out-of-doors and the creatures that live there. Belinda Grover Photography: Belinda Grover has a particularly nice photograph of a hoverfly on a plant … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 18: A series of anecdotes

Not likely…Instead, a few pictures with comments. These photos are from my personal album. My parents took a lot photographs throughout their lifetimes. As we left home for college, we each received a large photo album with a copy of … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 17: A Map as Your Muse

For this day of “Finding Everyday Inspiration”, I am once again “mining my own material”. “Right-of-Ways” was written in response to a Poetry 101 Rehab prompt (March 2015). The Google Map encompasses various places I traveled to, whether by train, … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 16: Mine Your Own Material

Favorite Recipes and a Short Story, from previous years of blogging Eggs and Orange Juice, September 2014 I like starting out the day with an omelette, a couple times a week. Sometimes they’re simple, and sometimes they’re more involved. This … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 15: Take a c(l)ue

Rather than poll my readers (hi, Mara!), I turned to the alternatives listed for Day 15 on the Resource Page and selected three related suggestions: Tell us about a book that opened your eyes when you were young. Describe a … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 14: Making My Day

This morning, 7 September 2017, I awoke after eight hours of sleep (or more). I’d practically fallen into bed, last night, before the sun had set. Exhausted, I think. I had fallen asleep towards the end of the afternoon, was … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 13: Play with Word Count

  Mostly, I write short verse. What SFPA refers to as “Dwarf” poetry (10 lines or fewer). Writing a longer poem than usual would qualify, I think, as playing with the word count. On a whim, I also upended habit … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 12: Critique a Piece of Work

Today, express your opinion on a topic or a piece of artwork. This is your opportunity to comment on something you’re passionate about, or review a piece of entertainment that you love or despise. | You can approach this assignment … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 11: A Cup of Coffee

If we were having coffee together, today, I would share some fresh, cold-brew coffee with you. Hot, warm or cold, made with water or milk or some of each. There’s also a selection of black tea in the cupboard and … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 10: Let the Scene Write Itself

I quietly observe the world around me through the eye of the camera, more often than not. So far, we’ve found inspiration from our own experiences, images, words, and more. Today, let’s quietly observe the world around us and write … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 9: Writing and Not Writing

What do you do when you’re not writing? How do you reset and return to the dashboard, refreshed? What do you need in your day-to-day life to maintain balance: Running? Yoga? Gardening? Painting? Cooking? Today, tell us. A lot of … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day 8: Reinvent the Letter Format (or not)

Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone. But with the right approach and tone, a letter can tell a great story and get your message across (and it doesn’t have to be … Continue reading

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Finding Everyday Inspiration, Day Seven: Let Social Media Inspire You

One of the goals of this course is to help you tap into new and unexpected places for post ideas. Today, let’s look to Twitter for inspiration. Don’t worry — you don’t need an account. Even if Twitter isn’t for … 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, Day 4: In Transit

In Transit: Nth Dimension Travel the perfect place, filled with people going somewhere— step aside from them picture one unnumbered world where green, vibrant valleys wait cross over, mindful to watch your step–don’t look up and lose the pathway two … Continue reading

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Everyday Inspiration, Day Three: One-word inspiration

Select one word from this list as your post inspiration. Have you always wanted to write about the decision that changed your life? Are you a long-term traveler looking for a place to settle?… Or, one can look at the … Continue reading

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Everyday Inspiration, Day Two: Write a List

This is an interesting exercise for me, because I enjoy writing lists. My favorite, “O Hidden Drawer“, was written in February 2015 for Writing 201: Poetry (WordPress, Blogging U). More recently, on this blog, I wrote “Survival” for day 25 … 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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