Archive for May, 2019



senryu – I kitty snow white = moi, chatte neige blanche

I kitty snow white,
who needs seven dwarfs
with my sky blue eyes?

snow white

moi, chatte neige blanche,
qui cherche sept nains, si mes yeux
sont bleux azurés ? 

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – Minoan Linear A saffron goddess haiku in Linear A, English & French

Minoan Linear A haiku saffron goddess

sea sarai
sapa punikasa
adakisika *

* The Linear A text of this haiku is absolutely beautiful!
Read it for yourself. 

the saffron goddess
her crimson dress
adorned with ivy

la déesse du safran
sa robe cramoisie embellie
de lierre

Richard Vallance


senryu – I’m a black kitten = moi, chaton noir

I’m a black kitten
with pretty blue eyes –
I’m not a toy!

blue eyed black kitten

moi, chaton noir
aux beaux yeux bleus –
moi, pas un jouet !

Richard Vallance


senryu – my chubby cat = mon chat joufflu

my chubby cat,
his ass in my face – 
fed up with the rain!

fat cat on a leash

mon chat joufflu,
son cul vers mon visage –
tanné de la pluie !

Richard Vallance


Richard Janke’s conjectural restoration of the missing top of Linear A tablet ZA 20:

Since the top of Linear A tablet ZA 20 is missing, I boldly took it upon myself to restore the top of this tablet. My restoration is of course conjectural, but I am quite sure it is something like what the original must have looked like, because line 6 mentions sitetu and line 7 situ. These are variants on the same Linear A word, situ, which just so happens to look a great deal like the Linear B word sito, which means “wheat”. SO it is natural to suppose that in fact situ and sitetu also mean “wheat” in Linear A.  

linear-a-tablet-za-20-zakros-restored

Here is the decipherment of the entire Linear A tablet ZA 20 (Zakrs), including the restored lines 1.-7.

1. kireta2 11 = 11 units (probably bales) of barley
2. dideru 42 = 42 bales of einkorn wheat
3. dideru 30 qerie 22 = 30 bales of einkorn wheat (2) and 22 bales of another type of grain (3)
4. qerie 6 = 6 bales of grain type (3)
5. ro? + direza- = (dide)ro [left truncated] = einkorn wheat = didero + direza = a unit of measurement
6. se + mi? +ru? 4 sitetu 1 = “se” is the last syllabogram, i.e. syllable of the word direza+se, which implies the word is inflected.
7. situ 6 te*123 12 rumitase 2 = 6 bales of wheat + 12 bales or units of te*123 (unknown) 2 units of chaff  
8. kura 120 = kura = TOTAL of all items listed in lines 1.-7.

No one has ever attempted to decipher even the extant bottom portion of Linear A tablet ZA 20 (Zakros) before, let alone to restore the missing lines in the missing top portion of this tablet.


senryu – heart to heart = parler à coeur ouvert

a heart to heart
with my tuxedo cat
spaces her out!

heart freaked out Tuxedo Cat

parler à coeur ouvert
avec ma chatte tuxedo
la laisse flippée !

Richard Vallance


Fun facts about Tuxedo Cats! ... the most amazing are...

One Tuxie inherited $ 6.3 million, making him the richest cat in the world! Tuxedo Cats are the only cats admitted to the Metropolitan Opera House! Amazing, eh? 

facts-about-tuxedo-cats 620



haiku d’été – the crescent moon = le croissant de lune

the crescent moon
in the great-horned owl’s eyes
mirrored in the cat’s

gray-horned owl 620

le croissant de lune
aux yeux de l’hibou grand duc
aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – blue-eyed tuxedo = tuxedo, yeux bleus

my blue-eyed cat
in his spiffy tuxedo –
bluebird soprano


tuxedobluebird 620

mon chat aux yeux bleus
qui porte son smoking si chic –
l’oiseau bleu soprano

Richard Vallance


senryu –  blueberries on Mars? = bleuets sur Mars ?

blueberries on Mars?
you gotta be pullin’ my leg !
... or bird turds?

blueberries on mars 620

bleuets sur Mars ?
est-ce tu me taquines !
... ou des crottes d’oiseaux ?

Richard Vallance


senryu –  tuxedo cats = chats tuxedo

gee, tuxedo cats
all curled in a ball  –
ah true love!

luv

ces chats tuxedo
roulés en boule –
que c’est l’amour !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – black assed bears nuzzling = ours noirs qui sentent

black assed bears nuzzling
a patch of wild blueberries –
family picnic

bears and blueberries 620

deux ours noirs qui sentent
les bleuets sauvages –
pique-nique de famille

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été and a stunning photo of Mars! – Mars – her ocean = Mars - son océan, et une photo éblouissante de Mars !

Mars’ sandy ocean
laps her greening shores – 
can you imagine that?

Mars ocean shores 620

l’océan de sable
de Mars clapote ses rives vertes –
l’imagines-tu ?

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – a mourning dove = la tourterelle triste

silly mourning dove
why mourn summer’s loss?  
it’s still here!

mourning dove 620

toi, tourterelle triste
tu déplores l’été perdu
qui persiste toutefois !

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d’automne – the buoy clangs = la bouée sonne

the buoy clangs
in the clammy mist
where their ship went down

buoy Empress of Ireland

la bouée sonne
dans la brume où leur navire
a coulé à fond

Richard Vallance

This haiku refers to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on May 29 1914, when 1,012 on board died. While the sinking took place in the spring, this haiku is set in the autumn when it is colder and mist is clammy. The buoy is there all the time, season in and season out.

Dans cet haiku il s’agit du naufrage de l’Empress of Ireland dans la Golfe du Saint-Laurent où le paquebot a coulé le 29 mai 1914. Parmi les passagers 1,014 sont morts. Bienque le naufrage ait eu lieu au printemps, cet haiku est situé en automne quand il fait encore plus froid et la brume est plus froide. La bouée est toujours là peu importe la saison.


summer haiku d’été – the kite soars over = le milan survole

the kite soars over
wave over ocean wave 
pursuing our kites

kite bird and kites 620

le milan survole
les vagues déferlantes
et chasse nos cerfs-volants

Richard Vallance

The kite is a bird of prey. This is a play-on-words in English. Le milan est un oiseau de proie.


summer haiku d’été – the growling rock = la roche qui grogne

the growling rock
those tortured stumps –
the road to nowhere

road to nowhere 620

la roche qui grogne
ces souches torturées –
le chemin sans fin

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – aspens in leaf = feuilles des trembles 

aspens all in leaf 
below the windswept cliffs –
their rattled pines 

aspens cliffs and clouds 620

feuilles des trembles
en bas des falaises venteuses –
ses pins secoués

Richard Vallance  


winter haiku d'hiver – the silence of snow = la neige est silente

the silence of snow
amassed on the park bench  –
phantom lovers here

park bench in snow 620

la neige est silente
entassée sur le banc de parc –
les amants fantômes

Richard Vallance


senryu – with you = avec toi

I’m always with you,
kitty, you’re always with me...
cuddling forever!

with you senryu

ma belle chatte,
nous sommes toujours ensemble, 
... caressons-nous !

Richard Vallance

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