Where the Heart Was | #RonovanWrites

along the coastline
where tides lap, then ebb away,
empty shells remain

each shell once housed a creature
which did dwell in its own home

home is where the heart was. Copyright © 2017-08-22, by E. W. Bennefeld.

Written for #RonovanWrites #Haiku weekly poetry challenge #163: Shell & Coast.

Vanessa | #RonovanWrites Painted & Lady

Vanessa cardui (subgenus Cynthia)

Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady, stay
and place upon the flower
promise of new life

on the thistle branches feed
your precious caterpillars

“Vanessa cardui”. Copyright © 2017-08-07, by Lizl Bennefeld.

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A fragment: if i do not remember

“if I do not remember”

if I cannot remember you…
my love, let me go

let me not remember either
all the rest
or, fearful, fret
at what i’ve lost
that leaves me with such

losing you
losing the clear, sweet memories of you
i’ve lost everything

let go the empty shell

Copyright © 2017-07-26, by Lizl Bennefeld.
All rights reserved.

Written after reading through some letters written by my parents to each other, soon after they were married (1942-1943), and reflecting on the year prior to their deaths. This, along with a companion piece, can be found in my Quiet Spaces journal: A Pair of Poems.