Revisiting Writing 201: Poetry assignments from February 2015, which I posted on my The Moments Between blog at the time. “O Hidden Drawer” a favorite of mine.
“O Hidden Drawer”
Secrets tucked away against tomorrows,
Life that’s not yet realized. Keeper of Mysteries,
You hold a cache of tokens that reflect
A different me, a stranger to close friends.
Three flash memory sticks that contain
Passwords for devices and accounts
I no longer own or which have sat in a closet,
Broken, for months or years or decades.
Keys are in the drawer. Relatives’ keys
To safe deposit boxes–I don’t know where–
Left to me for their safekeeping.
When they’re dead, I’ll throw away the keys.
Short-term hope! My husband bought
A raffle ticket for me, in case I should like
Another chance for him to win a prize
Without himself appearing spendthrifty.
And last: one extended bolt release, three thumb tacks,
And an old gift card with an expiration date
That makes it useful into the next decade,
Should I have to get out of town…
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feathers too few…cold
your dead bodies in my hands
wings broke, unused
no one can block the bitter
winds or stop the icy rain
Copyright © 2018-07-03, Lizl Bennefeld.
Too many years in a row, storms too many and too strong. Too many birds dead before they learn to fly. I love the birds, their songs and winks, their nods and whispers. There are fewer, now. I miss them.
waking too early
to the familiar smells…
my favorite breakfast
WP Weekly Photograph Challenge: Awakening.
I downloaded pages from the New York Times “Cooking” section on how to cook new-to-me protein that would not run afoul of my low-carb/high protein diabetic diet guidelines: how to cook beef tenderloin and the various ways of preparing salmon fillets, including buying guidelines. Frequent sales on salmon at both of the groceries where we shop.
Time to relax, now, and nurture the creative self, again. The plan is to get back into the routine of structuring my time to facilitate not just writing and reading, but also Artist Dates and regular exercise sessions.
Since the diabetes diagnosis in December 2016, I’ve pretty much been concentrating on dietary changes and developing new habits. I feel as though the time is ripe for renewed growth in the rest of life. I have greatly enjoyed my time spent talking with the bereavement counselors, but I look forward to a more active process as I move more deliberately into creative growth throughout my life.
WP Daily Post, Weekly Photo Prompt: Growth.
On the sunrise side of the building, melting frost on a dandelion clock, catching the sunlight in its beads of water.
clear crystal drops of dew
dandelion clock transformed
by sparkling gems of light
Copyright © 2017-11-22, by Lizl Bennefeld.
Written in response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Transformation.
asian lady beetle on foot
a common sight
air travel has appeal
but no snacks are served
Copyright © 2017-10-04, by Elizabeth W. (Lizl) Bennefeld.
Written in response to WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian.
with stones from Earth’s center
reseed gardens with ashes
Copyright © 2017-09-16, by Elizabeth (Lizl) Bennefeld.
Definition: Recreate (verb): reproduce; re-enact (Oxford University Press).