Y is for Yelp (haibun)

The sound of chanting Hail Mary’s in different tones echoes from the bedroom. They are all kneeling around the bed of their dying father. The antique clock on the old sideboard ticks. Soft moans turn gradually into anguished cries.

missing his master
lying under his bed
the spaniel yelps

©Tournesol ’16/4/29

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X is for Xeranthemum (haibun)

Running in open fields, they skip and giggle trying to play tag. Suddenly the young girls stop to pick some flowers.

soft petals drop
one by one
-he loves me,

he loves me not

© Tournesol ’16/04/28

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W is for waves (troiku)

like a tidal wave
beaching on her broken heart

like a tidal wave
taste of rumbling waves
salty tears

beaching on her broken heart
life comes to a stop
filling all the cracks

salty tears
dry and caked upon her cheek
remains of her loss

© Tournesol ’16/04/27

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Troiku is a form of haiku created by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

V is for vernissage (haibun – haiga)

The artist was excited as she hung her last canvas for her vernissage at the local public library. She was always impressed at the amount of people who showed up on weekends, rain or shine for these humble viewings.   Under each canvas she went around to tape on the wall a haiku her niece sister had written , adding subtle and thoughtful meaning to her art.

Artist: Mae Giroux

light of day fades
fragmented promises
slip away

light of day fades
thoughts that once, seemed important
seem to disappear

fragmented promises
never had
the time of day

slip away
unfulfilled promises
just can’t turn back time


Day 26 NaPoWriMo 2016

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Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille at MindLoveMiserysMenagerie

S is for sunflower (haibun)

S is for sunflower

© Clr '14 November, Montréal

© Clr ’14 November, Montréal

Sunflowers are happy, vibrant and very tenacious flowers. Her favourite flower is really the daisy but she is not as keen with the French translation,” marguerite”, and so she chose sunflower to be her nom-de-plume, hence, Tournesol.  C’est vraiment plus joli comme nom, n’est-ce pas?*

The blossom later in the season but what is so wonderful, is seeing is blooming late summer beginning of autumn and even in mid November, she has seen the same sunflowers on her walk to work,  stand strong and proud growing from the concrete just off rue St-Denis in Montreal.

September blossoms
hope of eternal colours
the first snowfall

© Tournesol ‘16/04/22

*It’s really a much prettier name, isn’t it?

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R is for rowboat (haibun)

CLR 2014

CLR 2014


Years ago when I was a pre-schooler, there was a family gathering at our grandparents home. Aunts, uncles and oodles of cousins were swimming, splashing and having a grand old time.  My cousin and I sat in the row boat and I am still not sure who did what but in a few minutes we discovered we were in the middle of the river!  I just remember crying like a baby …

swims to the rowboat,
uncle Bernie saves the day
my hero!

© Tournesol ’16/04/21

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P is for poem

life is what she writes about,
liaisons and love affairs,
rife of erotic passages,
relations…some, short-lived,
brief encounters lost too fast,
she’s wept so many salty tears
grief stricken beyond her years
yet, memories of lovers lost
beget in her sweet moments
where pain and suffering will exhaust
and only images
that burn her cheeks
and warm her heart
shall trickle into heated
words in love poems.

first kiss – after,
a decade of solitude
stuff to write poems

first kiss – after,
too many years
like riding a bike

a decade if solitude
spiritual cleansing
looking within

stuff to write poems
always a good tragedy
love, lust and heartbreak

© Tournesol’16/04/19

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O is for oppressed (troibun)

O is for oppressed as a person who may be filled with many worries. This could be someone going through a rough patch for more than just a period in his life. What if it is someone struggling for a longer time?   People at work for example,  may appear sympathetic at first but slowly, one by one they may distance themselves. Family and friends may also give less and less of their time to listen, encourage and just offer a presence. Or perhaps some may minimize the situation not really knowing what to say to “make it all go away”. First of all,  it is not in “others’” power to make it go away but it might be nice to show some compassion.


on cloud nine

feelings of dread
weigh one down

look of suffering
can scare one away

on cloud nine
that distant look
hard to read

Imagine a person being shunned because you feel uncomfortable being around doom and gloom. Is it not enough that they are already feeling fraught with worry? What if it is not just a situational issue but a chronic emotional and mental instability they are going through? What if all they need is to feel accepted? What if they cannot even accept themselves or their “perhaps” new circumstance they have no choice but to endure?

I thought this might be something to think about. You know, the next time you tell a colleague something as benign as “Hi! How, how are you?” If you really don’t want to know and you have been seeing their sad face every day for a long time…think twice before adding “How are you?” if you really don’t care to know. A simple “Hi!” and a smile can go a long way too. Be genuine when you say something. Try to think twice when you walk into your workplace and look a person in the eyes when you say that “Hi!”

N is for night crawlers (troibun)

N is for night crawlers that come to life after a warm summer rain. There is nothing more sensual and soothing than rain showers at night. Raindrops fall like ivory keys creating bittersweet melodies.


twilight rain
enticing and sultry
invites night crawlers

twilight rain
subtle drumming
on a tin roof

enticing and sultry
all night long
hypnotic sounds

invites night crawlers
nature’s fragrance lures
droplets kiss the grass

© Tournesol’16/04/16