Archive for September, 2019



autumn haiku d'automne – a white crow = un corbeau blanc




a white crow
sheds a feather in the rain –
fresh watercolour

un corbeau blanc
perd une plume dans la pluie -
aquarelle fraîche

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver  – spiral stairs = marches en spirale




spiral stairs
dank with death –
the heart bursts

marches en spirale
zone humide de la mort –
le coeur s'éclate

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku  – autumn prank = farce d'automne = scherzo d'autunno




autumn prank
I'm wearing two sweaters!
shiver me' timbers

farce d'automne 
je porte deux chandails !
mais je frissone

scherzo d'autunno
indosso due maglioni!
tremo ancora
Richard Vallance

senryu – wazzup? = que se passe-t'il ? 




wazzup?
an elephant in the room?
it ain't me it's you

que se passe-t'il ?
un éléphant dans la chambre ?
pas moi ... toi

Richard Vallance
  

summer haiku d'été – fawn surprised = faon surpris




fawn surprised
by my off-the-cuff photo
licks my hand

faon surpris
par ma photo impromptue
lèche ma main

Richard Vallance

photo © by Régis Auffray 2019


autumn haiku – in the pouring rain = dans une averse




in the pouring rain
a shivering stray cat
hides in garbage

dans une averse
un chat égaré tremblant
se cache dans les ordures

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d'automne – maple leaves = feuilles d'érable = foglie d'acero




maple leaves
drenched by cold rain
bathe themselves in tears

feuilles d'érable
trempées par la pluie froide
sont baignées de larmes

foglie d'acero
sotto la pioggia
sono in lacrime

Richard Vallance



senryu – kitty TV = télé pour le chat = TV del gatto




kitty TV
the living room window –
bird-brain
 
télé pour le chat  
la fenêtre du salon –
tête de linotte

TV del gatto
nella finestra –
gatto sciocco

Richard Vallance
  

summer haiku d'été – deer fleeing = chevreuil qui fuit = cerva in fuga




a deer fleeing
the devouring flames
to devour her

chevreuil qui fuit 
les flammes dévorantes
à la dévorer

cerva in fuga
le fiamme divoranti
per divorarla


Richard Vallance


screen capture from Utube = capture d'écran d'Utube

summer haiku d'été – porcelain rose = rose en porcelaine   = rosa di porcellana




I offer you
the porcelain rose
à la Ronsard

je t'offre
rose en porcelaine
à la Ronsard

ti offro
la porcellana rosa
à la Ronsard

Richard Vallance

photo © by Lisbeth Ho 2019 all rights reserved



and here is Pierre de Ronsard's original sonnet:

Quand vous serez bien vieille

Quand vous serez bien vieille, au soir, à la chandelle,
Assise auprès du feu, dévidant et filant,
Direz, chantant mes vers, en vous émerveillant :
Ronsard me célébrait du temps que j’étais belle.

Lors, vous n’aurez servante oyant telle nouvelle,
Déjà sous le labeur à demi sommeillant,
Qui au bruit de mon nom ne s’aille réveillant,
Bénissant votre nom de louange immortelle.

Je serai sous la terre et fantôme sans os :
Par les ombres myrteux je prendrai mon repos :
Vous serez au foyer une vieille accroupie,
Regrettant mon amour et votre fier dédain.

Vivez, si m’en croyez, n’attendez à demain :
Cueillez dès aujourd’hui les roses de la vie.

Pierre de Ronsard, Sonnets pour Hélène, 1578



summer haiku d'été - the teal Pacific = la Pacifique verte




the teal Pacific
so far below the cliff
makes our heads spin 

la Pacifique verte
bien en dessous de la falaise -
nous sommes éblouis

il Pacifico verde
sotto la scogliera
ci abbaglia

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par/ di Richard Vallance 1995
 

autumn haiku d'automne – torrents of rain = torrents de pluie




torrents of rain
on maple leaves
and me too!

torrents de pluie
sur les  feuilles d'érable
et moi aussi !

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance, September = septembre 2019


summer haiku d'été – dance with me = danse avec moi




dance with me,
you adorable boy,
flower of desire

danse avec moi,
toi, garçon adorable
fleur du désir

Richard Vallance

photo, German soldier 1938 by George Platt Lynes


senryu – I fall in your arms = je tombe dans tes bras = sospiro ragazzo




how I sigh my boy
if I fall in your arms
I fall a feather

je soupire mon garçon
si je tombe dans tes bras
j'y tombe une plume

sospiro ragazzo
se cado tra le tue braccia
cado una piuma

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



summer haiku d'été – I caress you = je te caresse




I caress you, fair lad,  
in the summer of our love,
our souls clear ponds

je te caresse, garçon
l'été de notre amour,
étangs clairs nos âmes

Richard Vallance

The Film Eastern Boys by Robin Campillo, actors Olivier Rabourdin et Kirill Emelyanov, the boy
Le Film Eastern Boys de Robin Campillo, Comédiens Olivier Rabourdin et Kirill Emelyanov, le garçon



summer haiku d'été – how Mount Soracte = que le mont Soracte  




how Mount Soracte
shimmers with snow –
let's quaff our wine

la neige miroitée
sur le mont Soracte –
buvons le vin

come Monte Soracte
luccica con la neve -
beviamo il vino

mons Soracte
lucet nivi -
bibamus vinum

Richard Vallance

Original Latin:

Vides ut alta stet nive candidum
Soracte nec iam sustineant onus
silvae laborantes geluque
flumina constiterint acuto? 

Dissolve frigus ligna super foco
large reponens atque benignius
deprome quadrimum Sabina,
o Thaliarche, merum diota. 

Permitte divis cetera, qui simul
stravere ventos aequore fervido
deproeliantis, nec cupressi
nec veteres agitantur orni. 

Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere, et
quem fors dierum cumque dabit, lucro
adpone nec dulcis amores
sperne, puer, neque tu choreas,

donec uirenti canities abest
morosa. Nunc et Campus et areae
lenesque sub noctem susurri
composita repetantur hora, 

nunc et latentis proditor intumo
gratus puellae risus ab angulo
pignusque dereptum lacertis
aut digito male pertinaci. 

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 BCE) 

Pronounce like Italian.

painting by/ par Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875)


haiku d’été – how the moon floats = que la lune flotte

how the moon floats
over the ocean –
we kiss on the beach




que la lune flotte
sur l'océan – sur la plage 
nous nous embrassons

Richard Vallance

painting, the moon over the ocean, Eugen Taube (1860-1913)
peinture, la lune sur l'océan, Eugen Taube ( 1860-1913 )


winter haiku d'hiver – the silver moon = la lune argentée = luna d'argento




silver moon
silver snow
silver wolves

la lune argentée
la neige argentée
des loups argentés

luna d'argento
neve d'argento
lupi d'argento

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – the great horned-owl = le grand duc d'Amérique




winter haiku d'hiver – the great horned-owl = le grand duc d'Amérique

the great horned-owl
swoops in the snow and alights –
see him blink?

le grand duc d'Amérique
descend vite et atterrit –
le vois-tu cligner ?
 
Richard Vallance

artwork, paddle, in the metro station, Rideau Centre, Ottawa 
oeuvre d'art, pagaie, dans la station du métro, le Centre Rideau, Ottawa   

winter haiku d'hiver – frosty tonight = la nuit glaciale


 


frosty tonight
the swell breaks on the rocks
where you've flung my corpse

la nuit glaciale
la houle frappe les rochers
où tu jettes mon corps 

Richard Vallance

In other words, you who are reading this murdered me!

photo public domain, converted to black and white

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