Ragged Sunlight | #RonovanWrites #Haiku no. 176

broken cloud cover


sharp north winds
broken cloud cover above
ragged sunlight

winter…refuge from the heat
cold seeps into these old bones

Copyright © 2017-11-20, by Elizabeth (Lizl) Bennefeld.

synonym: above for over

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Seeing Mother (Poem a Day, Day 16)

From the Family Photo Archives

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


My mother died on 15 November 2016 (age 94, and my father, a little more than 3 months later, age 100), and I have been trying to write a poem for the Day 14 prompt from Poetry Potion: “When I see my mother”. It took me a while, but it was a writing prompt I wanted to respond to. (Also posting this on my The Written Word blog.)

Poem a day, Day 10

After (and before) I wrote and sent off a poem for the e-mail group (poem a day challenge for November), I found myself writing a number of others. Not sure I’m done for the night, yet. If you’re interested, you can find days 1 through 9 at my Written Word journal.) The weather is supposed to warm up, tomorrow and Sunday. I’m looking forward to using the exercise bike in the gazebo (with space heater); the indoor elliptical machine seems not worth the bother, even though I know it is. I expect that just the change of scenery makes a difference.

Anyway, the inspiration for the poem is a foggy recollection of a short phrase from an Austen novel.


night sky
fiery blanket of light
a sea of stars

broad enough to span a life
deep enough to hide within

Copyright © 2017-11-10, by Elizabeth “Lizl” Bennefeld.