Category Archives: Writing
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
I find it interesting, how different the topics are for my online journal from the paper journal that I have returned to since the first of 2018. Things that I would only post, if at all, on my Patchwork Prose … Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Reading about the excess profit taking on generic drugs by companies centered on fast money rather than service to society, I find myself becoming convinced that for me to purchase and use such products would not be something I could … Continue reading
I wrote a rough draft for a longer poem, yesterday. I’ve been working on revisions, but it’s not ready to post anywhere.
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
peregrine’s swoop grasping talons…beating wings flickertail feathers Copyright © 2017-11-05, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld. Prompt: #NaHaiWriMo : Swoop
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
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
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
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.
“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
“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
‘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
“Getting it Right” I write the story of my life one day at a time, taking care to leaf through previous pages, editing events, adjusting back stories, tidying errors and casual mistakes that I would not have made, had I … Continue reading
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
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
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”.
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
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
I’ve gotten a bit behind in putting my daily poems onto the net. As I may have mentioned, (maybe not here; maybe just elsewhere), my husband is building a workshop in the back yard (18’x24′ — lifelong ambition), and I … Continue reading
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.
Prompt from NaHaiWriMo: Water Lily golden fish retreat beneath white water lilies, sheltered from the sun Copyright © 6 April 2017, by E. W. Bennefeld.
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
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
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
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