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reflecting on may flowers (troibun


spreading  beauty
nature bows in honour
honeysuckles bloom

Thanking our host and mentor, Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai  for teaching and inspiring us to not only write haiku or other forms of Japanese poetry (waka) but to grow in the experience…as a good parent  he nurtures and breathes harmony and enlightenment among the family.


a lone flower
yearns to rise in splendour
field of sunflowers

a lone flower
searching for the sun
at one with nature

yearns to rise in splendour
embroidering each petal
one thread at a time

field of sunflowers
seventeen syllables
forming corolla


Daily Moments – reflecting on May flowers- June 1 – 2016

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu Looking Back

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

Blogging from A to Z

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

overcoming shadows (Troiku)

© Clr `15 Tournesol

Awaken to shadows
beast of darkness lurks
day of surrender


awaken to shadows
clouds filled with life

beast of darkness lurks
searching for the vulnerable
fragile heart

day of surrender
open to the universe
sun smiles at me

© Tounesol ’15

Written for RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku and Poetry Prompt Challenge 34 “Beast & Day”

A Troika is a new form of haiku created by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. 

A troika (meaning triplet or trio) in Russian…read more here

evening train (Troiku)

Here are three haiku composed by Stevenson all three are about trains and we are to write a haiku trying to stay in the same mood of this sparkling star our host has chosen.

the train picks up speed,
in a paper coffee cup
concentric waves

the river always
out there in the dark
late train home

coming home
on the train
… the backyards

(c) John Stevenson

I’m not sure I stayed in the mood but I tried to also capture moments living by train tracks. I grew up by the train tracks in Farnham, Québec  and the first few years I was married we lived just below the main train station with at least 10 tracks. Needless to say we would hear trains passing through, shunting and changing tracks most nights and we could actually feel the vibrations when trains sped by.  I chose to write a Troiku and tell a brief story at the same time. The Troiku was created by our host, Chévrefeuille.  To see more about this form click here

Farnham, Québec Railway Station – Wikipedia

cooking supper
kitchen window shakes
evening train

cooking supper
called children to the table
train whistles

kitchen window shakes
pot of stew boils over
train screeches

evening train
children squeal with joy
Daddy’s home!

(c) Tournesol ’15

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars

river heals (Tan Renga)

Such a lovely prompt today at Carpe Diem to complete a Tan Renga.  Our host shares his heart warming delight that Carpe Diem has become an engaged and loving family. Here are two completions by our host.

river stones
caressed by flowing water
pale moon shines (Becca Givens)

the sound of a waterfall
makes the night more silent (Chèvrefeuille)

river stones
caressed by flowing water
pale moon shines (Becca Givens)

behind a thin veil of clouds
she, the one I love, smiles at me (Chèvrefeuille)

Indeed, I am a late comer, more like the half-sister or step-sister whichever seems the nicest {grins}.  A family that creates an art painters do, a mood great writers do and encouragement and guidance a caring parent or older sibling do.  In that vein I have written this.  I am starting with the completion that suits the mood of this prompt best.

river stones
caressed by flowing water
pale moon shines ©Becca Givens

intermittent trickle
winks of the milky way © Tournesol

Water is actually my lifeline in so many ways.  At first I looked at this prompt and attempted several completions that appeared morose and yet it is meant to show the power of water and how its presence in my life changes the currents in my heart, soul and moods.   So I wrote several and reread the instructions of our host giving us a choice to write another haiku or completion.  Ah, so back to the drawing board and here are my haiku that map a part of my journey before I arrived to the above completion.

© Roger Kenner – Richelieu River, Chambly, Quebec

toes in icy water,
sting in hope, tingling
mollifies the soul 

tears of despair
finally, river swallows
I can breathe

© Tournesol