Tag Archives: poème français

tenacity/la ténacité (haiku)

© Clr Métro Rosemont
© Clr Métro Rosemont

at the subway 
beggar pleads each commuter,
never loses hope

au métro
mendiant plaide chaque passager
ne perd jamais espoir


autumn gusts rip
through a day`s hard labour,
spider spins anew

© Tournesol’14

Carpe Diem TackleItTuesday #12

soothing tea (haiku)

I love sipping tea in porcelain tea cups. My great aunt bequeathed her collections to my father and I now have them in the same curio my Auntie Mae O’Donnell had. Although the tradition is on my Father’s side, my aunt being Irish, my mother taught me how to brew my tea as young as five. She would let me drink it in espresso cups which was just right for my tiny fingers.

My grandson loved to drink tea as well and would choose his tea cup whenever it was tea time. One day I invited my friend and her daughter who was grandson`s playdate. Well! I set up their tea cups with the tea pot brewing their tea. Ah, the cute things they do at five. I doubt he would want to even admit doing this now that he is 10.

I had a dear friend living next door when we were raising the children. I would often tuck in the children and run off to spend the rest of the evening with her sipping tea for hours. We had an understanding…when I`d call to say I was coming over, she would put on the kettle so when I arrived the water would be ready for my tea.

I find tea to be soothing. It is a lovely social ritual and different in many parts of the world but mostly, I like the subtle comfort it brings, the aroma of herbs, fruits and flora. Some teas are quite eccentric with a flower that expands in a special transparent tea cup. Tea is often a nice desert after a meal. How do you like your tea?

served in fine china,

floral and herbal teas

soothing the soul

(c) Tournesol ’14

Carpe Diem Sparkling Stars “Tea”

Horizon interval (haibun)


© clr 2014
© clr 2014


what beauty above

artist paints the horizon


Working in the helping profession can be challenging but it is an extremely validating career.  To listen to someone who has no where else to turn, no one else to trust and bravely dials an anonymous help line is liberating and at times, life saving.  I am fortunate to work for such a great organization that offers so much hope to youths and young adults.

A counsellor has to practice self-care to avoid compassionate fatigue.  That entails taking time off work periodically, spending time with family, friends and mostly finding activities to unwind and experience joy. Life is not all about pain and sadness but when you work in a field where you are facing darkness in the eye too often, it is easy to distort life’s reality.

But what must one do in between those “times off”?  Some watch comedy clips on-line, read a good suspense thriller allows the mind to tune out real quick, go for a walk on the streets of Montreal, talk to a colleague, sit in a park for half an hour, journal, write and some take the elevator in our building to go  up to the roof and just breath in the crescendo of colours created by the Great Spirit.

I often hurry up there when I take a sneak peek while on a phone call and see through the window the sun starting its performance and I rush upstairs to witness the concert playing out along the horizon.


© CLR 2014
© CLR 2014


quelle vision là-haut

l’artiste peint l’horizon

gouache coloré

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/13

 Submission for: Carpe Diem #491 Horizon

Rain – la pluie (tanka)

© clr 2014
© clr 2014


ciel terne sanglote

temps triste, déchirant

d’espoir sue

sous l’abri de ma douce couette

dormir pour fuir les chagrins.


dull grey sky weeps

sad times shedding tears

wilting despair

wrapped under cosy duvet

fleeing chagrins in my sleep.

© Cheryl-Lynn 2014/06/13 (Friday 13th)

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

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

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.