Archive for April, 2019



summer haiku d’été – while in the inn = là dans l’auberge  

while in the inn
sipping jasmine tee 
the scent of roses

sipping tea 620

là dans l’auberge
l’on boit du thé au jasmin
le parfum des roses

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – blue butterfly = papillon bleu 

blue butterfly 
on the butterfly bush –
fluttering kite

blue butterfly 620 

papillon bleu
sur le boudleia –
milan flottant

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the butterfly bush = le buddleia

the butterfly bush
by oil brush –
summerside helix

butterfly bush helix 620

le buddleia
peinture à l’huile – 
spirale estivale

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été - a tree frog = une rainette

a tree frog
serenading the night -
the moon’s applause

tree frog 620

une rainette,
sa sérénade à la nuit -
la lune applaudit

Richard Vallance


senryu – of all the cats = de tous les chats

of all the cats,
tuxedo baby face –
why, that’s you!

baby face 620

de tous les chats,
chatte tuxedo, visage d’enfant – 
eh bien, c’est toi !
 
Richard Vallance

In this photo, my little Tuxedo cat, Petunia, looks like a baby!
Dans cette photo, ma petite chatte Tuxedo, Petunia, a l’air d’un bébé !
 

spring haiku de printemps – morning mist lifts = la brume disparaît

morning mist lifts,
a robin trills, “hello!”  –
squirrels chatter, “heck!”

robin trilling 620

la brume disparaît,
un rouge-gorge trille « bonjour ! » –
les écureuils jasent, « zut ! »

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – what a fluffy tail! =  quelle queue peleucheuse !

what a fluffy tail!
you wee skunk in my path
nibbling bread crumbs

skunk eating bread 620

quelle queue peleucheuse !
toi, mouffette devant moi
qui gignotes du pain

Richard Vallance

This actually just happened to me! I was walking back home yesterday on a forested path when I encountered a skunk happily nibbling on bread crumbs. Fortunately he was facing away from me, his cute fluffy tail riding high!

Tout cela m’est vraiment arrivé ! Hier, lorsque je revenais chez moi par un sentier forestier, j’ai rencontré une mouffette qui grignotait des miettes de pain. Heureusement, il avait le dos tourné et il ne me voyait pas. Et sa jolie queue peleucheuse se dressait !   


summer haiku d’été – still on her leash = toujours à la laisse

still on her leash,
my Maine Coon’s ghost hovers here – 
leaves whisper her name

Argentee still on her leash 620

toujours à la laisse,
le fantôme da ma Maine Coon  –
paroles des feuilles

Richard Vallance

I miss Argentée terribly. She passed away on March 14 2019. I often cry when I think of her.

Argentée me manque tellement. Elle est morte le l4 mars 2019. Je pleure souvent quand je pense à elle.


senryu – my tuxedo cat = mon chat tuxedo

my tuxedo cat
is off to the prom –
what a spiffy dude!

my tuxedo cat 620

mon chat tuxedo *
s’en va au bal de promo –
quel mec épatant !

Richard Vallance

* Je retiens l’expression chat tuxedo, car c’est le nom officiel de cette espèce de chats.  

funny summer haiku d’été rigolo – an elephant = un éléphant

in the meadow
an elephant disguised
as a cherry tree

elephant in a cherry tree

dans le pré
un éléphant déguisé
en cerisier

Richard Vallance


funny senryu rigolo – to his kitty will = à son testament

to his feline will
the kitty appends – 
extend the claws

extend the claws 620

à son testament
le chat ajoute – 
griffone les griffes

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the hummingbird = le colibri

the hummingbird
fans her iridescent wings –
her flowers nod, yes!

the hummingbird 620

le colibri
déploie ses ailes irisées –
ses fleurs répondent, oui !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the rebec player = la joueuse de rebec

the rebec player
dancing to the rosette –
the dove of peace

the rebec player 620

la joueuse de rebec
qui danse à la rosace –
colombe de la paix

Richard Vallance

This magnificent painting is "The Rebec Player", by Esther Geller (1915-2015), in the Danforth Museum, Massachusetts. 

Cette peinture magnifique titrée, "The Rebec Player", par Esther Geller (1915-2015 ), se trouve dans le Musée Danforth, au Massachusetts.

Credits with thanks to her nephew,  Mitchell Geller
Gràce à la permission octroyée par son neveu, Mitchell Geller


autumn haiku d’automne – duck hunting = chasser les canards

duck hunting
in the swamp –
they're all hung!

duck hunting 620

chasser les canards
dans le marécage –
ils sont tous pendus !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps - the wind ripples = le vent ondule

the wind ripples
through still naked trees -
bare hints of buds

bare hints of buds 620

le vent ondule
parmi les arbres encore nus -
soupçons de bourgeons

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps - the dam bursts = le barrage cède

the dam bursts,
flooding the valley -
who can escape?

the dam bursts 620

le barrage cède,
la vallée inondée -
qui peut s’évader ?

Richard Vallance


winter haiku – a penguin = un pingouin

a penguin
on an ice floe dreams –
fly away with me!

penguin on an ice floe

un pingouin 
sun une banquise rêve – 
nous nous envolons !

Richard Vallance

Get it? Tu piges ?


summer haiku d’été – in Holland’s lowlands = là aux Pays-Bas

in Holland’s lowlands
how windmills spin their spells! 
canal boats float by

tulip-fields-near-the-hague-claude-monet-1886 620

là aux Pays-Bas
les moulins à vent tournent
où flottent les chalands  

Richard Vallance

Painting, “Tulip fields near the Hague” (1886) by Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Peinture,  « Les champs de tulipes près de  la Haye » ( 1886 ) par Claude Monet  ( 1840-1926 )


winter haiku d’hiver – a tiny foal =  un petit poulin

a tiny foal 
frozen in mud for eons  –
we weep for him

a tiny foal 620

un petit poulin
gelé si longtemps dans la boue –
l’on pleure pour lui

Richard Vallance


							

hilarious senryu rigolo ! – flopped on my back = plat sur mon dos

flopped on my back
a loopdy kitty doop ...
I think I’m pooped 

flopped on my back 620

plat sur mon dos
chat, comment ça se fait ? ...
que je suis crevé !

Richard Vallance

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