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April Odds & Ends

too many dreams and
so little time to follow
any to its end

if they don’t bathe in sunlight
daffodils will never bloom

Copyright © 2021/04/30, by Liz Bennefeld.

lying on the sand
looking up at Ocean’s mirror
the rain dropping through
brief remnants of the daylight and
their echoes—the stars and the moons

Copyright © 2021/04/30, by Liz Bennefeld.

TV noise …
I saw it before
Star Trek reruns eternally

Copyright © 2021/04/30, by Liz Bennefeld.

Poems in addition to the ones assigned to April days. Still looking through text files for poems I may have missed along the way.

Liz

 

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Wide Awake | NaPoWriMo Day 30

Copyright 2016, Elizabeth Bennefeld, photographer. All rights reserved.

sunny afternoon
no rabbits in the garden
nobody to chase

both our people are asleep
what’s to do with time that’s free?

[tanka.] Copyright © 29 April 2021, by Liz Bennefeld.

Note: My husband requested a poem to go with his favorite photo of our dogs, The Scampers. The photo was taken in the spring of 2016, when they were four months old.

Posted in acrostic, Lifestyle, NaPoWriMo, Nature, Personal, Poetry, Writing

April to May – NaPoWriMo Day 22

“A Path to Summer”

At the edge of winter
Promises of spring flowers and
Rising temperatures with sunshine,
Ice hangs from the eaves and
Lies in wait, nearly invisible
————-still, that
Makes the daily walk to the mailbox
An exciting dance of life or death
Yet a welcome break in the routine

[acrostic poem.] Copyright © 2021-04-22, by Liz Bennefeld.

Photo by Izzy Park on Unsplash

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Transformed – NaPoWriMo Day 21

Truth
Reappears
As the days and hours flow
Night and daylight blend
Sunlight bows to moonlight
Flowers bloom in my imagination
Only to transform themselves
Rest for a time again
Melding reality with impossibilities
All has become new and beautiful
Tied together by love
I rejoice with this new world
Once a barren, endless plain
Now filled with possibilities

[acrostic poem.] Copyright © 2021-04-21, by Liz Bennefeld.

Image by Bessi from Pixabay

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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.

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Before the snow – NaPoWriMo Day 11

New Leaves

After a dry, breezy week and weekend with yard work and new leaves on the bushes, Monday finds us damp and misty, with light rain and snow from late this afternoon through Tuesday night. Welcome moisture after the dry grass and carrying water in a cup to pour around the emerging flower flower plants.

 
 

new leaves garbed in green
unfold into warm sunlight
despite rising winds

tomorrow night’s soon enough
to doze under falling snow

 
[tanka.] Copyright © 2020-04-11, by Lizl Bennefeld.
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Wednesday Thoughts – NaPoWriMo Day 7

“Serenity”

Stillness
Echoes loudly
Rousing the night
Eagerness and
Nostalgia come
In memories …
The passing of the
Years

Acrostic poem, Copyright © 2021-04-07, by Liz Bennefeld.


flowers among
green grass and new snow
a fresh start

Copyright © 2021-04-07, by Liz Bennefeld.

“Easter Basket”

alien eggs
waiting for their hatching…
decades to go

Copyright © 2021-04-07, by Liz Bennefeld.

pollen and butterfly eggs
new generations
promises of
forever

Copyright © 2021-04-07, by Liz Bennefeld.

open faces
looking toward the sun,
the flowers and me

Copyright © 2021-04-07, by Liz Bennefeld.

green grass and tulip flowers
spiderwebs in morning’s dew
migrating birds
lovely day

Copyright © 2021-04-07, by Liz Bennefeld.

 

 

Posted in Life Happens, Life through my Windows, Personal, Poetry, Writing

So many years ago…

what were those hours and minutes
when measured against decades
of a long life well and fully lived?

a smile, briefly known and always loved,
the joy of songs and sighs and laughter
faded now in the vacuum left behind,
short-lived breeze that warmed,
then cooled again

the absence of your touch…
your lips remembered always
as soft whispers on my neck

“Your Smile, Remembered.” Copyright © 2016-08-21, by Lizl Bennefeld.

Photo by Saksham Gangwar on Unsplash

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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.

 

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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.