Through February 8-10

topaz blue
with silver ribbons
clouds and sky

Copyright © 2022-02-10, by Lizl Bennefeld.

plump pillows and
white blankets spread above
a world of green

the clouds in the heavens
fragrant meadows of sweet grass

Copyright © 2022-02-09, by Liz Bennefeld.

plantain lilies
friendships disappear
dreams remain

Copyright © 2022-02-09, by Lizl Bennefeld.

wide awake
hours till sunrise... 
then a nap

Copyright © 2022-02-08, by Liz Bennefeld.

February Poem-a-Day 2-5

morning sun     
    frost on the window pane   
yellows and blues   

Copyright © 2022-02-02, by Liz Bennefeld.

autumn flax
seed pod and petals...
fragrance from the garden
the fresh dew on the grass    

[tanka.] Copyright © 2022/02/03, by Liz Bennefeld.

on my left arm, a sleeping dog
breathing deeply
laptop keyboard on my screen
can't write poems  for the snores

[tanka.] Copyright © 2022-02-03, by Liz Bennefeld.

five months between  
too-short hair and "cannot  see" —
new groomer...found world

[senryu.] Copyright © 2022-02-04, by Liz Bennefeld.

Note: Our dogs had to go without haircuts from sometime in August until yesterday.

November 2 2021 – Poem a Day

the (r)age of fire
lightning torches thirsty trees
nowhere left to hide

[senryu.] Copyright © 2021.11.01 by Liz Bennefeld.

autumn’s reds and golds
dry leaves crumble underfoot
evening fades to night

[haiku.] Copyright © 2021.11.01 by Liz Bennefeld.

As I understand it, unlike haiku, senryu don’t have a cutting or seasonal word. The structure of senryu is usually three lines with 17 or fewer syllables (e.g. 5-7-5), like haiku. It addresses human issues/affairs rather than nature. (Emotions rather than the senses, maybe?) Also, a haiku length that is coming more into use is ~11 syllables (3-5-3), putting them more in sync with the content volume of a haiku written in Japanese.