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NaPoWriMo APRIL 2022 – a


April is Global/National Poetry Writing Month. Writing a poem a day.

First 7 days of poems

fir trees stand guard at the head 
           of the trail leading to the peak
greening meadows celebrate
           the return of warmth and sunlight
spring melt runoff jumps from rock 
           to rill to laughing mountain streams

[sijo.] copyright © 2022-04-01, by lizl bennefeld.
again I can hear
robins singing from their trees
springtime's dawn

[haiku.] copyright © 2022-04-02, by lizl bennefeld.
late at night
waiting for morning
mourning

[haiku.] copyright © 2022-04-03, by lizl bennefeld.
frost on last year's grass
sleet and snow promised by noon
going into night
        the March lion has taught
        April lambs how to roar and bite

[tanka.] copyright © 2022-04-03, by lizl bennefeld.
[An old English proverb: "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."]


moonlight on the waves
as far as my eyes can see
pebbles on the shore
        I still hear you whispering
        that you someday will return

[tanka.] copyright © 2022-04-04, by lizl bennefeld.


out in the rainstorm
rooks play "King of the Castle"
laughter and wet wings

[haiku.] copyright © 2022-04-05, by lizl bennefeld.


late at night
thoughts start to wander
down worn paths
     ponder choices...like
     what to think of death

it does not matter
what path thoughts might take
make your choice
     we'll know or we won't...
     trust laughter and love

[micropoetry/tanka pair.] copyright 2022-04-06 by lizl bennefeld.

raindrops on the wind
intermixed with ice and snow
melting as they fall
      wind gusts brush the window panes
      as I fall back into sleep

[tanka.] copyright 2022-04-06 by lizl bennefeld.


passion does not become me, 
       although I stand in stillness
when the mourning doves share their sorrows,
       and my hot tears flow free
I feel the Earth's pulsing heart 
       beat in rhythm with the sea

[sijo.] Copyright © 2022-04-07/08, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in Glo/NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo, Poetry

Warming up for NaPoWriMo 28th

Lighthouse and Storm


April is Global/National Poetry Writing Month. Warming up for writing a poem a day.

watching ocean waves
from atop the lighthouse tower—
softly on the rocks

     make the windows watertight
     firm against late autumn storms

[tanka.] copyright © 2022-03-28, by lizl bennefeld

Lighthouse And Storm (Explored)” by jarr1520 is marked with CC BY-NC 2.0. (Not modified.)

This poem was posted also at QuiltedPoetry (dot) wordpress (dot) com in response to this week’s #RonovanWrites #haiku writing #challenge.

Posted in Glo/NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo, Poetry

Warming up for NaPoWriMo 26th


April is Global/National Poetry Writing Month. Warming up for writing a poem a day.

“naming the dead”

we number and name our dead
        those we  have known or knew about 
the lists grow longer with each night
        that passes, each lingering breath
the last breaths that we'll count are ours...
       freed from numbers and the names

Copyright © 2022-03-26, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Note: Also posted to Quilted Poetry blog.
Posted in Glo/NaPoWriMo, NaPoWriMo, Poetry

Warming up for NaPoWriMo


April is Global/National Poetry Writing Month. Warming up for writing a poem a day.

bright sunlight
magnified by ice
cold welcome

[haiku.] Copyright © 2022-03-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.


false cobwebs
grey mold on the grass
early spring

[senryu.] Copyright © 2022-03-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.


crisp and clear
not a cloud in sight 
dawn bird song

[haiku.] Copyright © 2022-03-24, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Posted in Glo/NaPoWriMo, haiku, NaPoWriMo, Nature, Personal, Photography, Poetry, Writing

Time and not again – NaPoWriMo Day 12

At Moonrise

This (new) poem came about as I thought about a poem that I wrote for an online Halloween Poetry Reading in 2007: “At Allantide”.

the passage of time
days too short
haunted nights too long

moonrise light
shadows come and go
bending trees

waiting for footsteps
never heard
last chapter…The End

Copyright © 2021-04-12, by Liz Bennefeld.

Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, Nature, Photography, Poetry, Writing

Saturday afternoon thoughts

tulips emerging from beneath autumn's fallen leaves
Tulips in March, 2021-03-25

winter’s end
watching for springtime
new tulips

Copyright © 2021-03-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

sentries on alert
crows in the highest branches
sunrise gathering

[haiku]. Copyright © 2021-03-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

long-neglected bricks
melting ice and acid moss
useless…thrown away

people die, cities moulder
all will vanish in the dust

[tanka]. Copyright © 2021-03-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

unopened books
left to gather dust
or burn for heat
how does one build the future
as all knowledge dies in flames

[tanka]. Copyright © 2021-03-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

faces and voices
people that I’ll never touch
people whom I love

feelings never recognized
fill my mind and heart with light

Copyright © 2021-03-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

bitter winds rage
cold ground beneath my feet
just beyond the door
orange tulips trust the spring
to make way for fragrant flowers

[tanka]. Copyright © 2021-03-27, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

Posted in Finding Everyday Inspiration, Life through my Windows, Nature, Poetry, Writing

Thursday morning thoughts

tulip shoots
covered with spring snow
cold blankets

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

fragile leaves
still cling to their twigs
icy rain

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

autumn grass
covered with new snow
spring thaw

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

sight of morning leaves
with unexpected snowflakes
one more cup of tea

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

spring’s promise
pending due to winds and snow
seed packets

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

haiku sans pictures
no paper, ink, or photos
no haiga today

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

years after her death
i do not write of mother
lest she proof my lines

Copyright © 2021-03-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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Day 15: Two Poems #NaPoWriMo

leaf and late-day shadow on concrete

To a dead leaf, lost on concrete

I found myself considering the sadness of leaves and seeds that fall where they can neither decompose nor have the opportunity to germinate and grow. And so, on a (serious) whimsy, I promised the residue on the garage floor that when I was finished with taking their photographs, there, I would gather up them all and return them to the outdoors, where they may decay, or sprout, and live again.

I cry for the leaves on the garage floor
thrown out in new plastic bags
not renewing the soil

Copyright © 2019-04-15, by Lizl Bennefeld.

 

LOGO FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH

Hey, tone it down, there!
Pitch-and-Toss ain’t meant to be
no blame shoutin’ match.

Copyright © 2019-04-15, by Lizl Bennefeld. Written for #RonovanWrites weekly haiku poetry writing  challenge prompt: Pitch&Tone.

“Pitch-and-Toss” is a game of chance.

Posted in everydayinspiration, Life through my Windows, NaPoWriMo, Poetry, Writing

A Haiku and a Memorate #NaPoWriMo #NaGloPoWriMo

pinetree across the way, mid-March 2019
Tree in Winter

puppies by my feet
pine trees swayed by rising winds
and yet…stillness

Copyright © 2019-04-04, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Prompt: Write an Animal poem. (I think this prompt is yesterday’s.)

 

Mother’s Approval
a memorate

asleep, I saw her walk
toward me from the new workshop
she smiled and passed

waking, I recalled that she
had died before we built it

Copyright 2019-04-04, by Lizl Bennefeld.