Archive for August, 2019



summer haiku d’été – capsized sailboat = voilier chaviré




capsized sailboat
phantom sails
crew revenants

voilier chaviré
fantômes de voiles
équipage perdu

vele fantasma,
barca a vela ribaltata
tutti sono persi

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku d'automne – a murder of crows = un meurtre de corbeaux

a murder of crows
screams bloody murder  –
bloody downpour




un meurtre de corbeaux
hurle au meurtre –
averse meurtrière

Richard Vallance

winter haiku - the lynx leaps in bounds = le lynx pourchasse = la lince salta




the lynx leaps in bounds
through the snow at his prey - 
home run!

le lynx pourchasse
sa proie dans la neige  -
coup de circuit !

la lince salta
nella neve alla preda -
fuori campo!

Richard Vallance

autumn haiku – a twirling leaf = une feuille qui tournoie


 

a twirling leaf
alights on my hand –
colour sonata

une feuille qui tournoie
so pose dans ma main –
sonate de couleurs

una foglia rossa
sulla mia mano -
sonata di colore

Richard Vallance




autumn haiku – where in the world = où dans le monde

where in the world
are the Gatineau Hills?
fall leaves whisper where?




où dans le monde
les Collines de la Gatineau ?
l'automne murmure où ?

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance

senryu – Silhouette


senryu – Silhouette

Silhouette
God's Tuxedo miracle –
boy she knows it!




Silhouette
le miracle Tuxedo de Dieu – 
et elle le sait !

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019

  

senryu – Tuxedo cat = chat Tuxedo


senryu – Tuxedo cat = chat Tuxedo

Tuxedo cat 
so fluffy
achoo! 




chat Tuxedo
au poil si soyeux
achoo !

Richard Vallance


senryu – trips on his cane = trébuche sur sa canne

trips on his cane
bloodied nose
passers-by




trébuche sur sa canne
nez ensanglanté
des passants

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – Mata Hari


senryu – Mata Hari

Mata Hari –
the spell of her grace
dancing to Bizet




Mata Hari –
le charme de sa grâce ...
elle dance à Bizet

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 1906, photographer unknown



senryu – green-eyed Maine Coon = Maine Coon aux yeux verts

green-eyed Maine Coon,
you wee fluffer angel
coddled in my arms




Maine Coon aux yeux verts,
petit un ange doux
couvé dans mes mains

Richard Vallance


spring haiku -  a farm, blue trees = une ferme, arbres bleus

a farm, blue trees
reflected in the pond 
a rowboat becalmed




une ferme, arbres bleus
leur reflet dans l’étang
une barque immobile

Richard Vallance

painting, Piet Mondrian, a farm (1901) = peinture, une ferme ( 1901 )

summer haiku – a thunderstorm = un orage sauvage


summer haiku - a thunderstorm = un orage sauvage

a thunderstorm
barrels toward the lighthouse
and shatters the lamp




un orage sauvage
se rue vers le phare
et brise la lampe

Richard Vallance


summer haiku/haiga/shahai – ramshackle bench = banc délabré

ramshackle bench,
its seat flailed to dust –
ghostly lovers




banc délabré,
le siège délabré –
amants fantômes 

Richard Vallance


summer haiku/haiga/shahai – the ocean breeze = le vent de la mer

the ocean breeze
sweeps over cliffs –
poppies shiver




le vent de la mer
balaie les falaises –
les coquelicots tremblent

Richard Vallance


senryu – climate crushed = climat abîmé

our climate crushed

we sleep until death

slaps us in the face

 

 

climat abîmé

nous dormons mais la mort

nous giflera tous

Richard Vallance


summer haiku/haiga/shahai – mother goddess = déesse mère = dea madre




mother goddess
of Mount Ida, harvest queen...
your sheer golden locks! 

* the earliest name for Demeter

déesse mère
du mont Ida, reine des moissons ...
tes cheveux dorés !

dea madre
del Monte Ida alto ... 
lucchetti dorati!
Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – my sapling maple = mon jeune érable

my sapling maple,
if ever your leaves
saw fireflies alight...




mon jeune érable,
si jamais tes feuilles
voyaient des lucooles ...

Richard Vallance



winter haiku d'hiver – twilight snow = neige au crépuscule

first twilight snow
on barren boughs
a crow's swept by




neige au crépuscule
sur les branches effeuillées 
qu'un corbeau effleure  

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d'hiver – the first snow and ... = la première neige = la prima neve e ...



the first snow and ...
any haiku we pen
are blown away

la première neige,
tout haiku qu'on écrit
s'envole au vent

la prima neve e ...
haiku che scriviamo
sono spazzati via

Richard Vallance

senryu – Adam tames = Adam apprivoise


senryu – Adam tames = Adam apprivoise




Adam tames
and we slaughter –
mass murderers

Adam apprivoise
et nous abattons –
meurtriers de masse

Adam doma
massacriamo -
assassini
Richard Vallance

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