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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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Tidying up #NaPoWriMo2018 month

In the midst of all, I have misplaced text files for poems I wrote and meant to put here and/or email to my writing partners for this National Poetry Month challenge. I hope to have all gathered together (more poems … Continue reading

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Day 30, A Closing Poem | #NaPoWriMo2018

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a closing time poem. Or another way of coming at this prompt is to write a poem in which something is coming to an end–like this month’s poetry challenge. Could be the end of a … 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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April 21 – Rewriting the World | #NaPoWriMo

nahaiwrimo prompt for Day 21: PRINT “I just finished reading ‘The Printmaker’s Daughter’ by Katherine Govier about Hokusai’s daughter and their lives together early to mid 1800’s . The book got me thinking about woodblock printing, printing presses with moveable … 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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Story Poem, another Day 27 prompt | #NaPoWriMo2018

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a story poem. Think of a story, could be a long, complicated, winding story, but for a poem, it may make more sense to make it a short, direct story. Sort of a plot summary … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Day 18 – Tempted to Silence | #NaPoWriMo2018

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write a temptation poem. Nearly everyone is tempted by something: fame, glory, money, chocolate. Today is the perfect day to give in to the temptation to write about your (or “a friend’s”) temptation. Also, I totally … Continue reading

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Day 17: Aeronautics, Intermission | #NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt from #RonovanWrites #Haiku – Original post with more photos. sunlight on his wings iridescent dragonfly the joy of his dance Copyright © 2018-04-17, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld.

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Day 16: fish | #NaPoWriMo2018

I love to dance balancing vertically strong horizontal sweeps of the tail fin below… gill covers and filaments vibrating, my head up looking at the bright waves of sunlight as the lights flow on above me the water moves and … Continue reading

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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

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Day 13 Prompt: “M” = Muskeg | NaPoWriMo2018

Cuyahoga Library Prompt: ‘Open a dictionary to the letter “m.” Scan until you find the first word you don’t know the meaning of that intrigues you, and then write a poem about that word.’ muskeg meadows camouflage soft ground that … Continue reading

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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

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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 9: Who We Were | #NaPoWriMo2018

I decided to go back to April 9, to the Pilgrimage prompt, and wander a bit through the family tree. My mother was a genealogist, among other things, and we kids got to do research, each in our turn. Who … Continue reading

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Day 10: Simultaneity | #NaPoWriMo2018

NaPoWriMo Prompt: “Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of simultaneity, in which multiple things are happening at once.” geese cry overhead the dogs sit up and listen leaves remain silent I would fly like those wild … 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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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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Day 5 Prompt – Intelligence | #NaPoWriMo2018

Brewer: For today’s prompt, write an intelligence poem. Of course, intelligence is subjective. What is common sense for one person makes no sense to another. But intelligence is more than IQ and test scores. There’s artificial intelligence, intelligent animals, and … Continue reading

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Day 6: uneven lines | NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt from NaPoWriMo: “Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the … Continue reading

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Day 4: Dragonfly, Perspectives | #napowrimo2018

Prompt for Day 4 from the NaHaiWriMo page on Facebook. Sleepy dragonfly… reconsider this day’s world shifting perspectives warmth and rest can set thoughts free transforming dreams into flight Copyright © 2018-04-04, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Day 3: Empty | life of words

life of words filtered through words life lived at second hand a slower pace—indepth reexamined contemplated and reworked without the words written out or spoken— if only heard, repeat them before they disappear into the aether— wordless melodies and rhythms … Continue reading

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Day 2: Portrait | NaPoWriMo2018

Prompt: Portrait the face in the mirror…mine as I looked 30 years ago gaunt…drawn…withdrawn hair cut short—cut off after all those years do I appear the same to anyone but me? will they know me at a glance? I will … Continue reading

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Day 1: Dreams in Porcelain | #NaPoWriMo2018

 within the bowl blue trees surround a small house patterns from childhood born of her best memories— paths forward…wishes…hopes Copyright © 2018-04-01, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld (Lizl). I read both the NaPoWriMo and the NaHaiWriMo prompts for this day, coming … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Shine (26 November 2017)

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Outside the Window (23 November 2017)

songs of birds outside a window too often closed— their songs muted cats cannot fly away…but birds cannot escape the cold Copyright © 2017-11-23, by Lizl Bennefeld. Prompt 172. Write a poem using the following image: a cat sitting on … Continue reading

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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.

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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”

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ecology (19 November 2017)

we didn’t expect oceans dead, oxygen gone cities down sink holes we thought…smog and air filters self-sufficient geo-domes Copyright © 2017-11-21, by Lizl Bennefeld. I believe that the 19th day was the one that I missed in the poem-a-day string. … Continue reading

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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.

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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

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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

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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  

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Harvesting Fog (14 November 2017)

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

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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

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Fog and Ice (11, 12 November 2017)

NaHaiWriMo prompts for days 11 and 12: fog and ice early dawn fog above the river veiled hills Copyright 2017-11-11, by Elizabeth “Lizl” Bennefeld. ice along the shore the tree twigs and branches coated with rime Copyright © 2017-11-12, by … Continue reading

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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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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

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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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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

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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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NaPoWriMo, Day 30 – “Tulips at Springtime”, “The Future”

Prompt: Something that happens again and again. “Tulips at Springtime” One year soon after I was married, my mother ordered tulip bulbs to be planted in the fall, sent all the way from Holland, from the farm on which they … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 28 – Lake in Winter

  the lake in winter whispering silence gentle touch of winter’s cold water’s smooth surface the quiet of falling snow the chime as each flake fractures Copyright © 27 April 2017, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. Source: “The Sound of Snowflakes”, … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 27 – Changing Weather

approaching storm murmuring of wind the chill taste of springtime snow a shake of thunder Copyright © by 27 April 2017, by Elizabeth W. Bennefeld. NaHaiWriMo prompt for Day 27: “shake of thunder”.

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 26 – Regret

Robert Lee Brewer, Writer’s Digest: For today’s prompt, write a regret poem. Most people regret some action they’ve taken over the years, whether it’s saying the wrong thing, making the wrong choice, or putting off something for a tomorrow that … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 25 – Survival

I love enumeratio poetry! I decided just to have fun with this, and made a numbered list in response to the prompt. As an aside, here: I have been writing (and referring to) survival lists/guides ever since I started journaling … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 24 – Mountain

There has been much back-and-forth on our poetry association’s mailing list about contemporary English haiku. I am feeling my way. [untitled] bare dirt heaped where a bush used to grow our only mountain Copyright © 24 April 2017, by Elizabeth … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 23 – Horizon

I chose the “horizon” prompt from nahaiwrimo and wrote this poem in consideration of the weekend’s wet and windy weather. a day of rest on the horizon the sun peers through heavy clouds forecast, partly wet frogs take heart in … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 22 – Shooting Star

NaHaiWriMo prompt: shooting star Jeweled shooting stars line the wooded limestone path on which I wander. Copyright © 22 April 2017, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. The Jeweled Shooting Star is a wildflower that grows in Minnesota.

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 21 – Shooting Stars (a Georgic Poem)

The NaHaiWriMo prompt was “shooting star”, but the “write a Georgic poem” (“a poem dealing with practical aspects of agriculture and rural affairs”) was taken from day 22’s list of prompts for our small group. “Planted from Seeds” Jeweled Shooting … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 20 – God of the Suns

Prompt: Typically we can only see the moon and stars at night; however what if inexplicably the stars were visible in the blue sky of the middle of the day? How would a poet (such as yourself!) describe this phenomenon? … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 19 – The Years

Prompt from NaHaiWriMo: “Candle”   All the Years In your memory a candle at the window each day as light fades Copyright © 2017-04-19, by Lizl (Elizabeth) Bennefeld.  

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 18 – Cluttered Timelines

Cluttered Timelines The cobweb that grows in my head makes changes that disregard thread. I remember tomorrow, but to my great sorrow, I don’t know when I went to bed. Copyright © April 2017, by Elizabeth Bennefeld. The prompt was … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 17 – Dark Stars

Constellation of Dark Stars Night darkness distant sounds of water flowing A branch broken by the wind beating Dark stars surfaces too cool for light invisible Isolation constant as an old friend forever Copyright © 2017-04-17, by Lizl Bennefeld. Writing … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 16 – Management System

Prompt from Brewer: ‘For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) System,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.’ Management System Understanding is at the roots … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 15 – Feather

NaHaiWriMo’s prompt (as offered on our small NaPoWriMo writing list) for April 15, was “feather”. I now have a photograph to go with my poem. feathers, twigs and grass sparrows, each spring, build a nest home’s where children are Home, … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 14 – Out Walking (2 poems)

“Afternoon Walk” Fair weather forecast— From beneath my umbrella I watch the rain fall Copyright © 2017-04-14, by E. W. Bennefeld. And from a previous challenge, here is a poem about a longer walk with mist and fog. “From Past … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 13 – [untitled]

  failing light along the dark path fireflies at star rise fish dance in the light of moonbeams night sounds call my head nods over my teacup [untitled]. Copyright © 2017-04-13, by E.W. Bennefeld. I have tried to do the … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 12 – Fog

The prompt is the one given to our group from NaHaiWriMo, but I have not written a Haiku. Instead, I am sharing a poem that I wrote for the February 2015 Blogging U Poetry 201 writing course/event, which was a … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 11 – Wonder

  From the hill nearby one can spy blue lakes, wonder at nature’s lush green a cup of tea, a blanket the afternoon sun brings warmth “Wonder”. Copyright © 2017-04-11, by Lizl Bennefeld. I wrote the three-line haiku for this … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 10 – Frost

I wrote this poem while thinking of the photos that I have taken of frost that often decorates my windows when the temperature and humidity cooperate. Much less in recent years as the winters are warmer and the most recent … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 9 – Fitting In

The prompt that I’ve chosen for Day 9 is “Fitting in is hard to do”, a prompt from the mailing-list group that I’ve been on during the current month. The poem I’ve selected in response to this prompt is “Roots”, … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo 2017, Day 8 – Sunflowers

Following the sun from dawn to dusk, soaking in energy to stop, sunflowers face east when grown. Morning’s bees love warm flowers. Copyright © 2017-04-09, by E. W. Bennefeld. I suppose that I could have stayed awake, last night, to … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 7 – Who Am I?

“Who Am I?” I am lightly anchored to the Earth, drifting gently on my mooring lines when the wind is strong … Or, when the water rises, I pull in the lines and ride the tide of river flood or … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 6 – Tides of the Heart

Prompt: Tide “Tides of the Heart” sea water stretches toward the moon in vain…no time to reach its heart’s dream Copyright © 2017-04-06, by E. W. Bennefeld.

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 5 – Water Lily

Prompt from NaHaiWriMo: Water Lily   golden fish retreat beneath white water lilies, sheltered from the sun Copyright © 6 April 2017, by E. W. Bennefeld.

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NaPoWriMo17, Day 4 – Thunder

distant thunder calls Strike! as lightning’s bright echoes roll over raindrops Luna’s face shines past dark clouds frogs trade their logs for moonbeams Copyright © 2017-04-04, by E. W. Bennefeld. I got the prompt from the prompt list sent by … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo2017, Day 03 – Allantide Dreams

The prompt that selected for today called for a poem about a holiday that I do not celebrate. Information about Allantide, also known as the Feast of Saint Allan,  can be found, among other places on the Internet, at Wikipedia, … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo2017, Day 02 | “Ghost Echoes” & “Trout and Water Strider”

I find that I am enjoying the writing process, so far, this time around. Even though I do not know more than one of the people in this writing group, I find it stimulating to write. Having the group also … Continue reading

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NaPoWriMo2017, Day 01 | “Everything Is Gone”

Several of the provided prompts led me to writing the poem “Everything is Gone”. The first suggestion to appeal to me was to write a poem in a couplet style called the “landay”, with 9 syllables in the first line … Continue reading

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National Poetry Writing Month 2017

I have tried upon occasion to write a poem for each day of the month, sometimes for National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) and sometimes during NaNoWriMo. I haven’t always done really well. In the best years, I have generated a … Continue reading

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