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Couples (Carpe Diem – Tan Renga Challenge #47 “How rare the sight”

This prompt is a tan renga challenge. Our host, Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai,  has chosen a haiku written by Magical Mystical Teacher (MMT).

It was her response on this haiku by Basho:

how rare!
on leaving the mountain
the first eggplant

MMT’s response haiku was the following:

how rare the sight—
yellow blossoms brushing
the sky with light


now we are to write a tan renga two lines of 7 syllables to this haiku. Our host`s tan renga is here:

how rare the sight—
yellow blossoms brushing
the sky with light (MMT)
I always will love her
underneath the Laburnum (Chèvrefeuille)

I struggled with various responses because I had several images of “yellow blossoms” from my personal life. So I broke it down to two and here they are:

(c) Clr ’14


(c) Clr ’14



Across the street from the church at my hometown, there is a small garden by the river, with various flowers. I remember taking a picture in June of the lovely yellow lilies and wished I could come back later in the summer to catch the flora at its peak in blossoming. Well, I did not but here is snapshots from June.


(c) Clr ’14


(c) Clr ’14



how rare the sight—
yellow blossoms brushing
the sky with light   (MMT)
Across the church, newly weds
yellow lilies cheer them on.
(c) Tournesol ’14

Of course there are also lovely daisies and sun roots in my friend’s garden in Bromont facing several mountains. This is where we went to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary last Sunday. A huge tent was pitched next to the Willow tree…what a lovely day celebrating such a lovely couple. To this day, I have never met a loving couple like these two people. You can feel the love they share. They still cuddle and always hold hands sitting close together.

how rare the sight—
yellow blossoms brushing
the sky with light  (MMT)
Underneath the Willow tree
sun roots scan the mountains.
(c) Tournesol ’14

Originally posted  at Tournesol dans un Jardin

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #47, MMT’s “how rare the sight”

Emma, where are you?

941982_10151632880653701_1657842491_nLet me tell you a little story that comes from the heart of your Maman and Papa.

Once upon a  long long time ago there was a princess in Canada and far far far away there was a prince in St- Lucia. Well, the prince searched and searched for his princess on his itsy bitsy isle in the Caribbean. So off he sailed to the colder side of the world…even the cold was worth it if he could find his forever loving princess.

Hey, wait!  I already blogged about this!  Okay so


Emma, if you want to learn more about life BEFORE you were fabricated (conceived…gross for a daughter to even fathom)


Check out blog:  http://wp.me/p2RsU0-9z  and have Maman or Papa read it to you.

Emma, Emma, what are you doing?  You are anxiously awaited by so many people but485521_10151632880498701_152135337_n especially by your Maman and Papa.  Maman has loved you before even feeling your little jumps and twirls in her tummy.

Yep, and Papa has been singing and talking to you so you could recognize his voice when you finally come into this world.
Yep, and Papa has been singing and talking to you so you could recognize his voice when you finally come into this world.

Yep, and Papa has been singing and talking to you so you could recognize his voice when you finally come into this world.

Maman has felt you knocking on that door to come out many many times and it appears it is either stuck or you have decided to stay in the warmth and safety of this home…Maman’s womb…well, I can’t say that I blame you.  You get fed with no effort on your part, you get to float in the warm waters of this home and you are safe…but there isn’t that much room, sweetie…so time to meet your parents now.

You have Grand-Maman and Grand-Papa  Savard who are so anxious to hold you too and take you for stroller rides.
You have Grand-Maman and Grand-Papa Savard who are so anxious to hold you too and take you for stroller rides.

You have Grand-Maman and Grand-Papa Savard who are so anxious to hold you too and take you for stroller rides.

You have an auntie that can't wait to hold you in her arms.
You have an auntie that can’t wait to hold you in her arms.

Maman has a soul sister who will be your auntie…boy oh boy, how she can’t wait to hold you in her arms!

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You have  sooooooo many aunties, uncles, cousins and close friends who will also become your aunties and uncles just counting the days until they hear the news of Emma’s arrival.

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Oh, and even Grand-Maman Camille who could not travel from the isle of St-Lucia to see your maman and papa make their vows of love…she has moved mountains (well small ones because they can be just so big on that teeny isle)…and she too will be here to see you when you enter this world.

947381_10151632908613701_997576748_nSo, Emma, it is time to leave that little bubble and enter this world of love, affection and  compassion. Trust me, Emma, you will, by no means, lack love and attention…dearest, sweetest Emma…Maman t’attend hâtivement…tes parents attendent avec enthousiasmes afin de te chanter des petites berceuses…et des  tendres refrains  d’amour.  Parce-que tu sais, Emma, tes parents sont des grand amateurs et amants de musique.  Tant qu’il y a de la musique et de l’amour dans ta vie, chère Emma, il y a de la vie éternelle remplis de bonheur car le cœur chante aussi…ton cœur chantonnera au premier soupire dans ce monde.

Welcome – Bienvenue to this wonderful life,  Emma!


Having you here will make this world so much better:)

© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, June 5, 2013

American Beauty

watchingtherainI was bored on this rainy weekend and so decided to watch a few movies on my PVR.  One of the movies I watched was American Beauty.  I had seen it before but somehow watching it for the 3rd or 4th time, there are scenes that hit me, you know, when you read a book 10 years later or watch a movie when you are in a different frame of mind, different phase of your life?

The part of Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening’s marriage falling apart is pretty clear.  It is amazing and yet so sad, how each person is in a different space and oblivious of each other. Wife is dealing with her own issues, husband feels unloved and is bored with his life, daughter is just a typical teenager but unfortunately her parents are both not really present for their daughter…too caught up in their misery.

The part that gets to me from the start is the family next door.  I feel for the son with a father so tied up with his “should” and “should nots”.  Perhaps the military reinforced those “should’s” but it is sad that each person in that family is so impacted with his toxic behaviour. I had not remembered the ending…wonder why I wiped that from my memory!  It just broke my heart to see that!! I guess it is that defense mechanism that I have always had that “forgets” instantly.

I really felt sad but not surprised that this military man was homophobic and again not surprised that he had homosexual desires…but to end the way it did floored me.  I would have understood if he would have taken his own life but not this…

As Kevin Spacey narrates in the end, it dawned on me just how short life is and how precious it is…Nite world. Clr

© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, Mayt 26, 2013

“Yes I DO!”

Once upon a time a princess (and dear friend) named Marie-Hélène went to  Valérie`s wedding.  Valérie & Rosemont knew this handsome prince and he was introduced to the lovely princess. Well, he charmed the princess the entire night.  Marie-Hélène and the handsome prince danced and laughed in the midst of this magical romantic air.

Il était une fois une princesse (et cher amie),Marie-Hélène qui est allé au mariage de Valérie & Rosemont.  Les mariés ont présenté un beau prince charmant à cette  princesse.. Eh bien, il l’a séduit toute la soirée.. Marie-Hélène et le beau prince  dansaient et riaient sous un atmosphère féerique et romantique.

Say, “YES to the bouquet!”

Valérie threw her wedding bouquet to the crowd of anxious ladies….

Valérie a jeté son bouquet de mariage à la foule des dames hâtives ….

And, yep, you guessed it…the princess caught the mystical bouguet…we all know  what that means.
 As luck or fate had it, the handsome prince also caught the bride`s garter!   And of course, the princess, having been raised withgood etiquette ,  by Queen Danielle, she kissed and  thanked  the bride for she was so overjoyed!

Eh, oui, vous l’avez deviné … la princesse a attrapé le bouquet   symbolique;  nous savons tous ce que cela signifie. Comme par hasard ou le destin, ce beau prince a également attrapé la jarretière de la mariée!! Et bien , la inévitablement, la princesse, ayant été élevé avec la bonne étiquette, par la reine Danielle, elle a embrassé et remercié la mariée car elle était si enchantée!

But that is not what really

brought these souls together…

 Great Spirit works in mysterious ways!

Mais ce n’est pas ce qui s’est réellement porté ces âmes ensemble …

Le Grand Créateur agit de façon mystérieuse!

Souls do not measure time nor distance and these

two souls were meant to

 unite some day…

this princess, from Montreal,

that prince,  from St-Lucia…

to finally connect and become true soul mates.

Les âmes ne mesure pas le temps ni la distance,  

Et ces deux âmes  avaient pour but de s`allier un jour

cette princesse, de Montréal,

ce prince, de St-Lucie …

pour finalement s’unir et devenir

des âmes sœurs authentiques

Watching Donnell’s face when Marie-Hélène walked up the aisle with her father…his enthralled expression looking at     this vision…Marie!…so intense were the emotions, we could see and feel how moved he was by his love for her and her beauty inside and out:)

En regardant le visage Donnell quand Marie-Hélène marchait dans l’allée de l`église avec son père, … son expression semblait captivé par cette vision … Marie! … Si intense étaient les émotions, nous avons pu voir et sentir comme il .était touché par son amour par sa beauté à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur.

As I watched and admired Marie-Hélène at the reception…the entire lovely sunny day…clapping her hands together like a young princess who was celebrating her first communion…truly, her joy was so raw and childlike…no  pretenses among these lovebirds!

Je regardais la belle Marie-Hélène à la réception et j’étais émerveillée la voir si enjouée de sa belle journée ensoleillée … en tapant ses mains comme une jeune princesse qui fêtait sa première communion … vraiment, sa joie était si tendre et innocente… sans prétention entre ces tourtereaux!

Both are bursting with joy…giggling like kid                         Les deux pleins de joie rigolant comme des enfants

I sat and watched her kiss and hug friends and family, dance and her eyes glitter with joy, it warmed my heart to see my friend and her Donnell so happy!…one could see they were truly meant to be.

Je me suis assis et je regardais Marie-Hélène embrasser sa famille et ses amis, le voir danser les yeux brillants et rayonnats…et cela me faisait chaud au cœur de voir mon amie et son Donnell si heureux! C’était clair que ce couple était censé être!

Congratulations my friends…be well…enjoy each day…one day at a time…don`t worry about tomorrow because you will miss out on today.


Ton amie…cl

Félicitations mes amis … alors… profiter de chaque jour … un jour à la fois … n `inquiétez-vous pas pour demain car vous allez égarer aujourd’hui.

 Gros Câlins,

Ton amie … cl

Désolée, s’il y a des fautes d’orthographe dans la traduction française. Je les fais vite pour la famille à cette princesse ainsi ses amis:)

© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, October 2012