Archive for February, 2019


winter haiku d’hiver – Strawberry Peak


winter haiku d’hiver – Strawberry Peak

Strawberry Peak,
cacti cloaked in snow –
what strawberries? 

Strawberry Peak haiku 620

Strawberry Peak,
cacti revêtis de neige –
quelles fraises ?

Richard Vallance

Strawberry Peak is close to Los Angeles, California.

Strawberry Peak se trouve près de Los Angeles, en Californie.


summer haiku d’été – the spirits of two loons = les esprits de deux huards

the spirits of two loons
hover over the lake
where they’ve died

Fish and Fish with Spirit Loon 1983_by Norval Morrisseau 620

les esprits de deux huards
planent sur le lac
où ils sont morts

Richard Vallance

Loons always mate for life. So if two loons die, this almost surely means they were mates.

Les huards sont partenaires toute la vie. Donc, si deux huards sont morts, cela veut dire presque certainement qu’ils étaient partenaires.

senryu – empty glasses = les verres vides


senryu – empty glasses = les verres vides

empty glasses
carillons chiming in
echoes in echoes

empty glasses 620

les verres vides
qui carillonnent, nous charment
échos en échos

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été –  chick’s lil’ peck = bécot du poussin

chick’s lil’ peck
sends kitty into bliss – 
true love’s true love

chick and kitten haiku 620

bécot du poussin...
que le chaton est ravi ! 
l’amour est profond

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – my kitty’s chirps =  mon chat pépie

my kitty’s chirps
imitate this wise ole’ bird
who’s no dupe!

Cat and Bird Paul Klee 1928 620

mon chat pépie
pour imiter l’oiseau sage
qu’il ne dupe point !

Richard Vallance


By Many Roundelays, a sonnet

by many roundelays 620

for Ludwig van Beethoven, and his Symphony no. 6
in F major, “La Pastorale”, III, Allegro, “Sturm” 

Our Earth, from space, goes spinning, Queen of Spheres,
composing clouds in rounds of roundelays,
so thrilling them they rain allegro tears
all over greening fields by stormed-in bays.
As stallions madly wing on lightning hooves,
they beat the Seven Seas, and break the calm.
They race to hem the hale moon in, that moves
their fears to tear us from our smug aplomb.
Our prayers are vain! They’ll never acquiesce
in any urge to quell our fears of gales,
our foibles sins to them, the stallionesque!
For who can take to heart their stunning tales?
   If they run mad, though I may be God’s fool,
   would poets foam for them where full moons rule?


Richard Vallance, © 2013

Full Measure, a Sonnet


Full Measure, a Sonnet

Full Measure, a Sonnet 620

for a dear friend

The measure of our love is fully gained
again, and once again we have ensured
our love can never never be restrained, 
though decades pass. And so it has endured.

If you and I had never fallen out
we never would have rediscovered bliss;
now since it’s certain we are both devout
our God ordains our love is not remiss.

Since God ordains our love from Heaven’s gate,
we may rest assured He loves us dearly,
and know no time for love can come too late
since in sharing grace we love sincerely.

And though we die, we never die in death
but share the breath of Heaven’s hallowed breath.


© by Richard Vallance Janke

Sept. 14 2018; revised Feb. 22 2019 


senryu – kiss joy in flight = embrassez la joie

kiss joy in flight
and your sunrises 
shall be eternal

eternal sunrise 620

embrassez la joie
et le lever du soleil
sera éternel

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d’automne – the street cleaners = les balayeurs

the street cleaners
sweeping up fallen leaves
splash us with mud

street cleaners leaves 620

les balayeurs
balayent les feuilles tombées –
ils nous éclaboussent

Richard Vallance


funny haiku by yours truly! haiku humoristique par devine qui !

you old fart!
prostate = hot-air balloon ...
you’ll pee all night!

old man peeing

quel vieux schnock !
prostate = montgolfière ...
tu pisses toute la nuit !

Richard Vallance 



funny haiku by yours truly! Haiku humoristique par devine qui !

cow paddies,
stink of rotten eggs...
I need to fart

cow turdswoops 620

crottes de vaches,
puanteur d’oeufs pourris ...
je vais péter

Richard Vallance


Hysterically funny haikus I found on the Internet! These will make you burst out laughing!

horses haiku

This one made me laugh so hard my ribs ached!


masturbating

God, I need to pee so bad! We can all relate to that!

pee

shark

What a horrible life, to be a stapler! 

stapler



summer haiku d’été = lil’ gray field mouse = pet’t mulot gris

lil’ gray field mouse
nibbling on a rock
unaware of hawk

field mouse haiku 620

pet’t mulot gris
qui grignote sur une roche,
faucon imprévu

Richard Vallance


Rita Roberts, translation of Knossos Linear B tablet, KN 556 R o 01:

KN 556 R o 01


Rita Roberts, translation of Knossos Linear B tablet, KN 555 R o 05:


KN 555 R o 05


winter haiku d’hiver – super snow moon = lune super des neiges

super snow moon,
silver Moonlight Sonata
once in a blue moon

super snow moon 620

lune super des neiges
Sonate au clair de lune
sinon la lune bleue
Richard Vallance

Super Snow Moons are very rare. We have just experienced one here in Canada in February 2019.

Les Lunes super des neiges sont très rares. Nous venons de la voir au Canada en février 2019.


senryu – your old cat, Renoir = ton vieil chat, Renoir

your old cat, Renoir
I implore Renoir to sketch
in midnight hues

Pierre-Auguste Renoir chat endormi 1862 620

ton vieil chat, Renoir,
Renoir le dessine pour toi
en nuances noires

Richard Vallance

painting, the sleeping cat (1862), by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

peinture, le chat endormi ( 1862 ), par by Pierre-Auguste Renoir ( 1841-1919 ) 


senryu – my Maine Coon too old = ma vieille Maine Coon 

my Maine Coon too old,
I groom her instead –
wee girl dozes off

old Maine Coon 620

ma vieille Maine Coon,
c’est moi qui la brosse
et elle fait dodo

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’hiver – in the thunderstorm = orage de tonnerre

in the thunderstorm
gusts whip up the lake  –
loons echo through rain

gust loons 620

orage de tonnerre,
les rafales fouettent le lac –
échos des huards

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’hiver – the croc hooks you = le croc te saisit

the croc hooks you,
crunch crunch munch –
what a yummy lunch!

crocodile haiku 620

le croc te saisit,
croque croque croque –
déjeuner succulent !

Richard Vallance   

inspired by a post on Facebook from my friend, Sara Russell...
 
inspiré par une poste par mon amie, Sara Russell, sur Facebook ...

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