tranquil moments (troiku – haiga)

autumn pause

mid-day pause
hours before
school’s out

mid-day pause
earl grey

hours before
when all you hear
autumn breeze

school’s out
slipping back into the living
laughter and bedlam


September 21 – 30 days of Haiga – Prompt: tranquility or peace at 19 Planets Art Blog

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


sommeil (haiku)

Random thoughts upon reflection each time she awakens from her sleep. Regurgitating morsels as she continues to read her novel, Ammachi, A biography of Mata Amritanandamayi.

sommeil, sommeil!
enveloppe moi dans ton duvet
rêveries divins

tears on her feet
unaware of the lotus
droplets of remorse

spider pauses
frog on a lotus pad-waits,
simply plays dead

budding purity
compassions’ embracing arms
a lotus blossoms

(c) Tournesol’15

Tranquil moments (haibun)

Sometimes I find myself pensive and somber in thought. It is often after I wake up and have had several mysterious dreams that stir my psyche.  I come to the kitchen and start running water to clean my counter and then fill the tub with sudsy hot water.   I often take a few dirty items from my dishwasher and wash them by hand. My mind is still churning as I continue to process a thing or two that requires something soothing like the repetitive motions of washing dishes.

washing dishes

clears cobwebs in my mind


© Clr ’15

We often equate tranquil moments with nature. Living across the street from a shopping mall with a huge parking lot, I find solace in hearing the concert of three to four snow plows at night. The roaring actually lulls me to sleep. Who would have thought that gigantic machinery such as these mega snow plows could be my winter lullaby?

twilight rumbles

bulldozing through huge snow drifts

lull me to sleep

© Tournesol’15

CP Tranquility

Tranquility-Haiku (Carpe Diem TackleItTuesday #1 Serenity)

Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963)

This week the first episode of Tackle it Tuesday is Serenity and it is based on the philosophy of Sri Swami Sivananda (1887-1963) who composed the song of the 18-ity.  He was born in the south of India an studied medicine.  He worked as a doctor several years in Malaysia. After that he settled in Rishikesh at the foot of the Himalayans where he devoted his life to yoga and the spreading of it.

The first ity was serenity and the goal was to meditate and contemplate about this ity and become silent. Every ity needs a week (or a month) to learn. After you have done all 18 ‘ity, you start again with number one and so on.  There will become a time that you have changed into a better person, more in balance.

deep silence

at the top of the mountain

I discover myself

© Chèvrefeuille

centre on my breath

silence,  picture open meadows

OM, I`m at one.


eyes closed

cross-legged, breath relaxed


© Tournesol 2014/08/04

Submitted for: Carpe Diem TAckle it Tuesday #1 Serenity