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Strawberry (haiga) Carpe Dieme Haiku Kai #501

At Carpe Dieme Haiku Kai, Challenge #501 Strawberry,  Kristjaan has written an extensive post on haiku on strawberry and more importantly on the reference to Strawberry Fields Forever and the Beatles.  Illustrations, music video and ending with a lovely song that we all remember John Lennon singing “Imagine”.  With this theme in mind, here is my humble contribution.


straw hat and sunscreen

squatting under bushes

picking strawberries.

children giggling

sunburned without a care

red smeared faces.


big pot of redness

controlled temperatures making

strawberry jam.

desert delight

angel food cake, whipped cream

fresh picked strawberries.

summer nights

they dance under the stars

sip strawberry wine

© Tournesol’15

Isle d’Orléans – Berry picking


à l’Isle d’Orléans

les corbeilles se replissent

c’est l’temps des fraises

cueillette estival

sous le soleil brulant

fraises juteuses

imagine a world

pure air, open minds

love all around.

imagine a world

communicating love

and peace.


© Tournesol originally written  2014/06/29

Deana Carter – Strawberry Wine

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

By the river (haiga)

©clr 2014
©clr 2014

golden glow

reflecting on the water

river flows.



on the riverbank

bullfrogs moo


children laughing

toasting marshmallows

staying up late.


campfire blazing

teens singing along

acoustic guitar.

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/15

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #492 Nights of Summer

Dawn (haiga)

Photograph by Michelle Marie @ Tell Me About It
Photograph by Michelle Marie @ Tell Me About It


Dawn breathes good morning
the robin spreads its wings
breakfast is the worm


l’aube respire bon matin
l’hirondelle étend ses ailes
brunch au petit ver

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/13

Submitted:  Carpe Diem, #490 Dawn

Summer Solstice (Carpe Diem Haiku #487)


Photo credit: Bonfire in Finland

Kids giddy with joy
staying up late to play
Summer Solstice.

All night bonfires
singing, dancing, having fun
Summer Solstice.

Tilling the soil,
cultivating the earth
life renewed.

Mother Earth
bestows sustenance
life renewed.

Rejoice in life
fires blaze and celebrate
promising season.


Sleepless children
longer days, shorter nights
full-house in the summertime
parents miss intimacy
steeling quickies now and then.

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/09




Submitted for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – #487 Summer Solstice

Satisfaction (haiku) CD #486 français

© CLR Lake Ontario taken from the train.
© CLR Lake Ontario taken from the train.

jour ensoleillé

délassé sur la rive

verre de citronnade

pédalo navigue

les petits plongent dans le lac

comblé dans l’eau fraiche


© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/07

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – #486 Satisfaction

Satisfaction -CarpeDiem Haiku #486

© CLR June 2013 rivière Yamaska, Farnham, Québéc.

Lazy sunny day

sunbathing by the river

drinking lemonade.

paddle boats sculling

kids wading in the river

splashing, gurgling.

bullfrogs, motor boats

transistor radios

echoes of laughter.

scorching summer night

sitting on the balcony

hear the crickets sing.

sitting on the balcony

untying her kimono

gentle breeze caress


summers may promise

moments of delight and bliss,

desires quenched.


© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/07

Submitted for: Carpe Diem Haiku Kai – #486 – Satisfaction

Photo taken by my family home growing up where there were row boats, paddle boats and motor boats as part of the scenery all summer long.


Harmony – Carpe Diem #485 Oneness


Photo credits: chevrefeuillescarpediem
Photo credits: chevrefeuillescarpediem


  Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #485 Oneness 

Oneness makes me think on so many varied situations that do create a sense of harmony, unity, to be ONE.  Here are my humble thoughts.


la pomme tombe

embrasse le gazon

le ver grignote


l’hirondelle attend

guette le ver au sol

repas de vainqueur.


mélodie soupire

amoureux fleurent la flamme

danse langoureusement    


nouveau-né pleure

nourrit au sein de sa mère



fallen apple

kissed the grass

worm nibbles. 


robin waits

sees the worm below

victor`s feast. 


new-born whimpers

nurses at his mother`s breast



sultry music croons

steamy lovers feel the heat

slow dancing.

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/05


le baiser – Kissing (Haiku -Carpe Diem 484 )

Caroline Michaud Photographe
Caroline Michaud Photographe


Elle regard coquinement
cils invitant leur baiser,
leurs lèvres touchent à peine.

Looks up demurely
lashes inviting their first kiss,
lips barely touching


© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/04

Submitted for: Carpe Diem – Haiku #484 – Kissing


I would have liked to add 2 lines as a Tanka to the English version:


Looks up demurely
lashes inviting their first kiss,

lips barely touching
she leans into him – wanting
surrenders to a slow kiss.