recalling summers (tan renga)

temple in the sky
the road opens
a slice of blue sea      (Ubugu)

heat dances above the horizon
childhood memories come to mind (Chèvrefeuille)

What a beautiful hokku!  Chèvrefeuille’s completion brings to mind fond memories of long ago. As a child she recalls lying on her back under the maple tree.

temple in the sky
the road opens
a slice of blue sea      (Ubugu)

under the maple tree
winged shells tickle her face  (Tournesol)

laying on her back
freshness on the cool grass
her summer bed

soft swirls on blue canvas
The Artist’s brush strokes

hum of the rowboat
midday reveries
gentle lullaby

sudden wakefulness
helicopter seeds

© Clr '16 rivière Yamaska

© Clr ’16 rivière Yamaska


Daily Moments ~ May 27 2016 midday siesta troibun

© clr 2014

© clr 2014

Strolling on a quiet street close to two in the afternoon, she is reminded of this special time in the day when her children were little. When they were babies they were napping and as toddlers, they were told it was quiet time and they would play quietly in their rooms for an hour. Sometimes they would read and fall asleep. There was often resistance but she knew they needed time to refuel. Their crankiness was a sure sign of a welcoming rest.
She walked passed a row of trees along the railway tracks in front of the houses. Humming sounds of city traffic further away and one particular tree seemed to have some commotion going on.

cacophonic peeps
leaves flutter to sopranos
cicadas trill

cacophonic peeps
maternal  chirps prevail
midday siesta

leaves flutter to sopranos
hatchlings’ rehearsal
children’s choir

cicadas trill
sun’s burning rays
dog in the shade

life’s too short (haibun)

Sometimes it is best not to know what some people think about you especially if it will only break your heart. It is so much easier seeing the world through rose-tinted glasses even if there is suffering in the world, why not let the good outweigh the bad?

ignorant of any misgivings
joyous to a fault

© Tournesol’16/05/27

Three Word Wednesday: Happy-go-lucky, ignorant. joyous

le coup de foudre (haiga)


Postcard from Chris at TheMuscleheaded Blog – Artist: Chéri Hérouard

ému par sa force
cœur fébrile
soupir d’abandon


This retro postcard I saw at The Muscleheaded Blog inspired me…thanks, Chris.  This could have been my maternal grandparents after WWI in a town near Montréal, Gervaise regard dans les yeux de son bien aimé, Elphège. 

I love, I am prepared – Latifa Prayer (haibun)

© Clr'15

© Clr’15

Loving comes so easy, she thinks of her children and grandchildren. As much as it is easy to forgive someone you love, it is not so easy to forgive oneself. That is still a work in progress. Once she has mastered forgiving herself she will be on the path of self-love. The greatest love of all is to love self as we are made in the image and likeness of Our Creator. When self-love is achieved, then, she will be prepared.

meditates on a branch
butterfly dreams


bedtime snack (haiku)


suckling sweet nectar
enters autumn like a snail –
bees and butterflies

© Tournesol ’15

Better late than never…I don’t reread my old posts, so trying to find one of my best haiku was not an easy feat.  But I do remember enjoying writing my haiga last September during 30 Days of Haiga. Here is a haiga I chose because it is a moment I treasure, seeing butterlies and blossoms late in the season…in autumn.

here is my rewrite:

bees and butterflies
refusing to retire
sweet bedtime snack


Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille at MindLoveMiserysMenagerie

blossoms (tan renga & troiku)

in the blind wind’s dance
© Jane Reichhold
solemn contemplation
petals rest on her plaque

© Tournesol’16/05/25

The above tan renga inspired me to write just a bit more and here is a troiku I will be adding to Haiku Horizons prompt “rest”

muted June bug
in solemn contemplation
rests on her plaque

muted June bug

in solemn contemplation
starlings nap
on bended knees

rests on her plaque
one lone