Category Archives: Poetry

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 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 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 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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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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Late at Night

the ticking clock restless sounds of puppy dreams… one unread chapter curtains closed against the dark stars above adorn the night Copyright © 2017-12-18, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.  

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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

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Graveside memories

Remembering my parents’ graveside military services as the months progress toward first anniversaries. A year ago, plus a few weeks, my mother entered the hospital, and then into hospice care for two months before her death. Father followed her perhaps … Continue reading

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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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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 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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Too short, mourning

  only photographs– still, silent in their stark frames– wait for tears to fall 12 months, too short for mourning … too soon, the memories fade   too short, mourning. Copyright 2017-08-18, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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July 26: A pair of poems

“i did not want to trouble her” i would not trouble her with present reality the look behind her eyes, knowing that she did not know, worrying what she’d once again forgotten that should always have been remembered i’d said … 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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Fading Rainbow

‘fading rainbow’ rainbows fade too soon turning to vapor as night falls upon the sky mist rises at the new moon the night sky falls toward the Earth   Copyright © 2017-06-18, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved. As the … Continue reading

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