Peak of the day ~ Haibun

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It is interesting how joy is relative. What’s even more fascinating is how much our brief moments of content can alter over the years. Oh, yes, of course, the gurgle of a new born is up at the top of the list, then that first kiss from that special person, hearing your child say “Mama” or “Papa” for the first time is high up there too. My goodness my heart swells just to think of that. Hearing your lover say “I love you” warms the heart but hearing your child say, “I love you” holds your heart.
I won’t get into all the other moments of contentment. Maybe I am writing this with a light heart and laughing soul as I think of what tickled my spirit today.
Step by step
Checking each heart beat
Height of the day

Slight vibration on the wrist
reporting 5,000 steps!!

Oh goodie surges
Through the heart
Fitbit’s daily peak

Daily Moments January 18 2020

Merry Christmas – Joyeux Noël – Feliz Navidad – Feliz Natal

Christmas Manger, Jesus Baby, Mary, Joseph, Donkey
Christmas Manger – Pixaboy.com

heavenly feast
deliverance of all souls
midnight mass

heavenly feast
filling hearts with grace
fit for kings

deliverance of souls
divine babe in a manger
sinners repent

midnight mass
angels rejoicing
a King is born

© Tournesol ’24/12/2019

fête céleste
délivrance de toutes les âmes
messe de minuit

fête céleste
remplir les coeurs de grâce
digne des rois

délivrance de toutes les âmes
divin enfant dans une crèche
les pécheurs se repentent

messe de minuit
anges se réjouissant
un roi est né

© Tournesol ’24/12/2019

pre-dawn delight (haibun)

On my way to work yesterday at 6:30 A.M. I could not help but notice the sky.  Of course it was still dark but my eye was drawn to that gorgeous thin slice of a moon.

Mischievous wink
In the predawn sky
one swift brush stroke

Like a message in a bottle
My precious crescent moon

And then to make the day even more perfect, I see my daughter on the bus with her partner.  Working evenings for the past 10 years, I have missed so much!  What a way to start my day seeing my beautiful princess and my son in law.  That added a little skip and a jump to my  walk from the Métro to the office, alright!

early morning shift
a bounce in each step
a mother’s heart swells

(c) Tournesol ‘2019-12-24

 

reflections on empowerment – daily moments Dec 7/19

A story keeps sneaking to the forefront of her consciousness. For 2 hours he talked about his plan that could be accessible anytime he wanted.   The scary thing about it was that he could make it look like an accident and no one would ever be the wiser. Writing about it today actually appeases her compared to last week. His plan scared her for days, lingering in the back of her mind but now she sees it more as his survival…empowering him.  He now has a choice, whether he executes it or not, and that, may be something he never had growing up…a choice.

Some young adults may finally have a chance to feel what it is like to be free from the clutches of their oppressor(s) and it might be too much to handle on their own…too much to process, let alone, heal. They may feel bombarded with too many  nightmares they have lived growing up.

And that is the part of her job that she loves…being there at a moment if and when the may feel ready to reach out and try and make some sense of their nightmares. Sifting through the memories and challenges together. She often feels like a silent sounding board but with a slight difference. “Kindness is language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain

Maybe reaching adulthood actually means taking back what was rightfully theirs.

light finally shines
mysteries start to unravel
taking back the night

© tournesol ‘2019/12/07

The Fifth Floor by Julie Oleszek (Review on a book on life, death and living)

A great read!! I highly recommend this book and congratulate the writer for this first novel!

Stop the Stigma

The Fifth Floor by Julie Oleszek

A coming of age book geared to youths and adults of all ages. It this was classified under Young Adults, I would still certainly have read it because it interests me to stay “real” on issues that touch youths growing up.

Julie Oleszek’s first novel is a book that youths can relate to and any person of any age and especially who has experienced grief. I don’t want to say too much because the trials and tribulations of Anna, who is the ninth child of a family of ten are hers to discover along with the reader throughout this book. I think that is what I loved about this. I did not need to get a clinical analysis of why’s and underlying issues but rather to explore life, suffer, question and discover through Anna’s journey. I laughed when she was giggling and felt dizzy…

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do you remember when…(free verse – anything goes) Daily reflections – Nov 25 2019

 

Do you remember when?

 

do you remember when I fell?

i do…

do you remember there was so much blood?

i do…

do you remember when the police came?

I do…

do you remember how mad you were at ME?

i do…

do you remember when you lied to the police?

i do…

do you remember when the ambulance would not let you come with me?

i do… and I sighed with relief

do you remember when the doctors pushed you away?

i do…

do you remember when the security guard took you outside?

i don’t, because that’s when I lost touch with reality…

they say I went into a semi-coma.

it felt odd and if there is such a thing as heaven, I bet this is what it must feel like.

my head no longer hurt, my arms were all healed, my back felt smooth and all the bumps and marks disappeared. my legs were smooth and pretty and I felt like I was floating. my hair was thick and fluffy. It was a miracle that all the bald spots had filled out. i truly must have been in heaven.

suddenly I felt something licking my face. omg, Jamie, my Irish terrier was alive!! he was so excited to see me and me too!! it tickled me when he licked my nose that i could not stop giggling. it felt so weird to laugh but a good weird. oh, Jamie, i missed him so much. do you remember when he would bark at you to protect me. you really did not like that and then one day, he was no longer here. you said he got run over by a car. do you remember telling me that?

i could hear someone far away calling my name. there was a lot of beeping sounds and the voices came closer and closer.

and then I hurt again…

why does living hurt so much?

 

do you remember when I got out of the hospital on crutches?

i do…

do you remember the red brick house where I went to live?

i do…

the lady, there had a gentle voice and soft bulky arms she started to wrap around me. but I backed away thinking she wanted to hurt me and then her warm smile told me otherwise. it is odd how the body can speak too. every movement of her body spelled kindness and love.

do you remember that red brick house?

oh that’s right, you were not allowed near that house…

and that’s when life started to hurt a little less every day…

© Cheryl-Lynn ‘19/11/25

 

Reflections on what was and what could be…