Archive for November, 2018

summer haiku d’été -  so many stars = étonné par les étoiles

so many stars
in the stray cat’s eyes,

stray cat stars

le chat errant
étonné par les étoiles, 

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – gray crane = grue grise

summer haiku d’été – gray crane = grue grise

gray crane
skimming the lake –
wild rice moon

haiku gray crane620

grue grise
s’approchant du lac –
lune du riz sauvage

Richard Vallance 

In the month of September, the Indigenous North American Anishinaabe Peoples (also known as Ojibwe) begin the rice harvest. During each of the thirty days of Manoominike-Giizis (”Wild Rice Moon”) harvesters head out in canoes to harvest wild rice from the smooth surface of lakes with names like Blackbird, Big, Pigeon and, naturally, Rice Lake. 

winter haiku d’hiver – snow flurries = flocons de neige

snow flurries
silently fluttering –
winter dreams *

winter dreams620

flocons de neige
flottant en silence –
rêves d’hiver

Richard Vallance *

* the title of Peter Tchaikovsky’s First Symphony = le titre de la première Symphonie de Tchaikovsky

winter haiku d’ hiver – road to the chalet = chemin vers le chalet 

road to the chalet
snaking through snow – 
dead end

haiku snowstorm dead end620

chemin enneigé
qui mène au chalet   – 

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver – translate silence into snow = traduire le silence en neige

who knows what friend 
can translate silence
into snow?

haiku who knows620

qui sait quel ami
sait traduire le silence
en neige ?

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’ haiku – silver grass = herbe argentée

winter haiku d’ haiku - silver grass = herbe argentée

silver grass
bowing to the blast -
trees whip-lashed

haiku snowstorm grass

herbe argentée
s’agenouillant à la rafale -
arbres fouettés

Richard Vallance

If we yield to life we survive better than if we put our backs up. Si l’on cède à la vie, on réussit mieux que si l’on reste têtu.

summer haiku d’été = my ginger kitten – mon chaton orange

my ginger kitten
crushed by a car –
sobbing in his blood

my ginger kitten620

mon chaton orange
écrasé par une auto –
je pleure dans son sang
Richard Vallance

This is a true story. My 7 month old kitten, Spinnaker, who by virtue of his name, loved to run free, but one summer day in 1999 he was crushed by a car.  And I did sob in his blood.

Cette petite histoire est vraie. Mon chaton, Spinnaker, âgé de 7 mois, duquel son nom dit tout, car il voulait courir librement partout, a été écrasé par une auto en été 1999. Et j’ai effectivment pleuré dans son sang. 

winter haiku d’hiver – ice storm = tempête de verglas

winter haiku d’hiver - ice storm = tempête de verglas

ice storm
solitary tree 
fenced in

haiku snowstorm fence

tempête de verglas
arbre solitaire barré
par la clôture 

Richard Vallance

snowy stray cat
beneath a spruce
stalking her prey

haiku white stray cat

chat égaré blanc
sous un sapin
traquant sa proie

Richard Vallance

my 8 year old cat, Shadow, wearing her new penguins bow tie:

KODAK Digital Still Camera


apple blossoms = pommiers en fleurs

apple blossoms

apple blossoms
playing on vision 
colour concert

pommiers en fleurs
jouant à la vision 
concert en couleurs

Richard Vallance

cherry blossoms Edo

cherry blossoms
all over Edo 
nightingales’ songs

cerisiers en fleurs
partout à Edo 
chansons des rossignols

Richard Vallance

Edo is the former name of Tokyo. Edo est le nom ancien de Tokyo.

rampant lions
under the sign of Ra
devouring us!

haiku rampant lions

lions accroupis
sous le signe de Ra
nous dévorant !

Richard Vallance

in the blazing sun
burning my eyes out

haiku hieroglyphics Karnak

sous le soleil brûlant 
qui me brûlent les yeux

Richard Vallance

Translation of Linear B tablet KN 528 R l 22 by Rita Roberts:

KN 528 R l 22

autumn haiku d’automne = misty forest – forêt brumeuse

flashlight forest

misty forest
rustling leaves  –
wobbly flashlight

 forêt brumeuse
bruissement des feuilles –
torche * oscillant

Richard Vallance

d’habitude « torche électrique » mais cette expression est trop longue dans un haiku.

summer haiku d’été = bald eagle – aigle d’Amérique

bald eagle canyon

bald eagle
soaring over the canyon −
thunder clap

aigle d’Amérique
survolant le canyon −
coup de tonnerre

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver = the Canadian lynx – le lynx canadien revised - révisé


the lynx stalks
into the snow storm
snow hares in flight

le lynx pourchasse
dans la tempête de neige
les lièvres s’enfuyant

Richard Vallance

spring haiku du printemps – geese flying – les oies survolant

geese flying
over the tundra
towards the midnight sun

geese tundra620

les oies survolant
la toundra
vers le soleil de minuit

Richard Vallance

spring haiku du printemps – umbrella – parapluie

spring haiku du printemps – umbrella - parapluie

in a shower

umbrella shower

dans une averse

Richard Vallance


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