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even heaven bleeds (troiku)

[…] “On earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it.” […]Jules Renard (1864-1910)


blazing sunset
makes the sky bleed
holds me in awe

blazing sunset
caught my eye
tripped on a pebble

makes the sky bleed
not a sound is heard
silent seagulls gaze

holds me in awe
seized in rapture
a long moment

(c) Tournesol’16-08-22

Daily moments August 22 2016

last performance (haiga)

Our host, Chèvrefeuille says,  “Haiku is the poetry of nature and nature is always in motion. Seasons come and go, the moon changes every 28 days and so on, the only thing which is steady and without clear motion is our sun, that big star of our Milky Way around which the planets are rotating.”

Here is an example of what I call an “undou” haiku:

old pond
frog jumps in
sound of water

© Basho (1644-1694) (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)”


apple blossom falls
scattered by the late spring breeze
apple blossom falls

© Chèvrefeuille




sunset at Port Burwell


gulls bow in reverence
day’s end performance
clapping of the waves


heavenly skies (troiku)

© Clr '16
© Clr ’16

day ends
sun dips beyond rippling waves
with grace

day ends
glow of crescent moon
last performance

sun dips beyond rippling waves
gentle journey
reaching eastern seas

with grace
and quiet contemplation
savours nature’s gift


A troiku is a new haiku form created by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

Written for Haiku Horizons “wave”

into the light (troiku)

I had never heard of this prayer…Latifa but I have heard of similar meditative affirmations. For days I thought about the entire prayer and tried to experience it. So I looked further and found two sites that explained how to experience praying by articulating these words of the Latifa Prayer:

I exist
I desire
I hope
I believe and I trust
I let go
I love
I am prepared

Our host includes background information on this prayer, here.
I was so captivated by these words that I did a little research myself because I wanted to actually experience saying these words out loud, feeling them from my centre and so I took three mindful breaths from my belly. I took each word and thought about what it meant after reading  this blog here   which later brought me to  the Happenz Blog and then I saw a post on the Gayatri mantra which is one of my favourite mantras I even purchased last year and listen to often on my phone and MP-3.

The one on Youtube lasts for two hours and sometimes I play it all afternoon at home with the sounds calming my entire apartment. I can see my cat is even affected by it.  When I found this mantra lI did not know what the Sanskrit words meant in English but still, it lifted my spirit and made me feel a special energy filled with love for Our Creator. I am sure I am not conveying the mixed emotions I feel but it is like wanting to scream from the top of a mountain the love you have for the Divine.
Later today, I read the second post on the Latifa Prayer and realized the prayer is broken down and I was not expected to write a haiku on each line of this prayer. Now I know why I did not always do well on tests…I don’t always interpret the instructions very well.
And so, I am back to listening to Deva Premal chant Gayatri mantra to be inspired…I have the words and translation in my I-Phone which I will share here:

Devi Gayatri

ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः
तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥
Om Bhuur-Bhuvah Svah
Tat-Savitur-Varennyam |
Bhargo Devasya Dhiimahi
Dhiyo Yo Nah Pracodayaat ||

1: Om, (that Divine Illumination which Pervades the) Bhu Loka (Physical Plane, Consciousness of the Physical Plane), Bhuvar Loka (Antariksha or Intermediate Space, Consciousness of the Prana) and Swar Loka (Swarga, Heaven, Consciousness of the Divine Mind),
2: On that Savitur (Divine Illumination) which is the Most Adorable (Varenyam), …
3: … and which is of the nature of Divine Effulgence (Bhargo Devasya), I meditate,
4: May that Divine Intelligence (Dhiyah) Awaken (Pracodyat) our (Spiritual Consciousness).

Meditate on the glory of the Creator, Who has created the Universe. Whis worthy of Worship; Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; Who is the remover of Sin and Ignorance. May He open our hearts and enlighten our Intellect.

Our host’s contribution:

dervishes whirling
– seeking a higher consciousness
third eye opens

© Chèvrefeuille


Here is my troiku

nestlings listen
robin sings bedtime stories
once upon a time

nestlings listen
dusk wafts a soft breeze,
nuzzle closer

robin sings bedtime stories
remembering her mother’s
song of creation

once upon a time
there was darkness and, He said,
“Let there be light”

©Tournesol ’16/05/19


the encore (haibun)

(c) Clr’16 Rooftop sunset

Every day come spring, summer and fall, she rides the elevator to the top floor, turns the corner and climbs the stairs to the roof.  The wind blows from le Mont Royale; she sits facing west, inhaling the Artist’s performance.

final vernissage
rich magenta hues at dusk
until tomorrow

(c) Tournesol`16

sundown’s last act (haiku)

At Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #49 at the seashore (Vision Quest reprise) we are to write a series of haiku interrelated and the three prompts are:

Waves —  seagulls —  sundown

 Having written a few posts in the past few days about the beaches of Maine, I found this easy to put myself back in time to moments like this.

© Clr '15
© Clr ’15

mere gourmands
sift through catch of the day
against the waves

seagulls hustle
before high tide
wipe out

sated at last
mooning over royal sky,
sundown’s rest

© Tournesol ’15

Sunset pause (haibun)

After enjoying a nice vegan dinner with my colleague the other night, I noticed the pink sky at the end of our street on our way back to work. I checked the time, and I had 8 minutes left before I had to get back to work on the phone lines. So I rushed up the elevator to the ninth floor, wobbled up the 20 steps that lead to the rooftop and witnessed another amazing concert of pastels shimmering in the sky.

I sat in awe silently for a moment. I knew I would not capture this perfection with my camera. And then I started playing with the settings. I tried “sunset” first, then “beauty” and lastly just natural setting…zooming now and then until I saw a plan to my right flying quickly just above the sun setting. I clicked a few times to capture this because usually planes come out fuzzy but not this time. I was quite pleased.

I had three minutes left and knew I had to run down to get to work on time and missed that last dip below the skyline…where you no longer see any sign of the sun. Then for another five to ten minutes the changing of colours, shades getting darker and more stunning. Oh, well, another time…in a few weeks time, my dinner break will coincide with a complete sunset…yes, the days will be shortening more and more…do not want to think of that yet.

(c) clr - Tournesol'14
(c) clr – Tournesol’14

day`s end

watercolours brush the sky

with bated breath

(c) clr - Tournesol '14
(c) clr – Tournesol ’14

day`s end

plane crosses shimmering sky

sun bows

(c) clr - Tournesol '14
(c) clr – Tournesol ’14

daylight ends

sun dips beneath the skyline

back to work.

(c) Clr -Tournesol