Archive for October, 2019



autumn haiku d'automne - the hunter's full moon = ... la lune du chasseur




5-7-5

the hunter's full moon
over the wilderness lake -
faint watercolours

la pleine lune du chasseur
survole le lac forestier -
aquarelles fanées

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The hunter's moon is the Algonquin name for the October moon.
La pleine du chasseur, c'est le nom algonquin de la lune d'octobre.



double senryu – in the cat's eyes = aux yeux du chat + in our human eyes = aux yeux des humains




in the cat's eyes
a universe
of silver suns

aux yeux du chat
un univers
de soleils d'argent

un gatto vede
un universo
di soli d'argento




in our human eyes
a universe
of black holes

aux yeux des humains
un univers
de trous noirs

un umano vede
un universo
di buchi neri

Richard Vallance

photos public domain

senryu – up-swept hair = cheveux relevés


senryu – up-swept hair =  cheveux relevés




up-swept hair
bedroom eyes –
come on kiss him too!

cheveux relevés
les yeux langoureux  –
baise-le toi-même !

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



summer haiku – a dead crow = un corbeau mort




a dead crow
by the gravel road
struck by a stone

un corbeau mort
sur la route de gravier
frappé par une pierre

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

I simply adore crows. They are so smart. J'adore tellement les corbeaux. Ils sont si intelligents.



senryu – what me? I never   = je ne vois jamais




what me? I never
see a boy I never like -
how's about you?

je ne vois jamais
un beau garçon que je n'aime pas -
et toi alors ?

Richard Vallance

illustrated senryu illustré © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019 
painting, Hesiod and the Muse (1857) by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)
peinture, Hésiode et la Muse ( 1857 ) par Gustave Moreau ( 1826-1898 )

Sonnet The Vallances


Sonnet The Vallances




for Judy, Meagan, Holly, Mitchell all the Vallances

Here's Richard Vallance, Judy Harris Vallance,
Meagan Holly and Mitchell, nieces and nephew,
Bill Vallance, Donna too and a fine chance 
plenty more abound, and you know it's true.

Our family crest bespeaks of Normandie
where we lived our lives in lavish wealth
where we were crowned as ducal royalty
and never had to hide from court in stealth.

The King of France was our next of kin
and Notre Dame our angelic home,
where the chartreuse Seine quelled the city's din
silenced by our cathedral's holy dome.

And though you wonder why we're Scots by blood
the fleur-de-lys is our indigo bud.

Richard Vallance

October 14 2019

This is my family on my mother's side, as my full name is Richard Vallance Janke. We are in fact descended from the ducal family, De Valence, in Normandy and were related to the King of France in the thirteenth century.


winter haiku d'hiver – the bounty hunter = le chasseur de primes




the bounty hunter
snares a wight fox pup
snapped in half

le chasseur de primes
piège un chiot renard blanc
craqué en deux 

Richard Vallance

NOTE: I fully realize that haiku such as this one probably disgust some of you folks, but I am trying to wake you up to human cruelty and our destruction of wildlife.

Je me rends compte du fait que des haiku tels que celui-ci peuvent écoureur plusieurs parmi vous, mais je tente de vous réveiller à la cruauté humaine et à notre destruction de la faune sauvage.


winter haiku d'hiver = the snowy owl = l'harfang des neiges = il gufo delle neve





the snowy owl calls the moon to his eyes

l'harfang des neiges appelle la lune à ses yeux

il gufo delle nevi chiama la luna ai suoi occhi

Richard Vallance

photo pubic domain


summer haiku – the rainbow = l'arc-en-ciel 




the rainbow hues
he brushes on 
secrets of his soul

il est si zébré
de l'arc-en-ciel
où l'âme se cache

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – the rain massages = la pluie masse




the rain massages
his slender body 
wet to my embrace

la pluie masse
son corps svelte mouillé
que j'embrasse encore

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d'été – the village fountain = the fontaine du village




in the pouring rain
the village fountain
where a bluebird frolics

là dans l'averse
la fontaine du village
où joue un merle bleu

Richard Vallance



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




maple leaves
swept by the the storm –
blurred vision 

feuilles d'érable
balayées par la tempête  –
vision floue

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – plovers dash = les pluviers filent


summer haiku – plovers dash =  les pluviers filent




plovers dash
over the sun-dashed sands –
razzle-dazzle

les pluviers filent
sur les sables ensoleillés –
qu'ils m'éblouissent ! 

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d'hiver – the drowsy gopher = la marmotte somnolente




the drowsy gopher
peers at his shadow –
off to beddie bye 

la marmotte somnolente
voit sa silhouette –
zut ! il faut cuver

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

summer haiku – the hummingbird = le colibri


summer haiku – the hummingbird = le colibri 




the hummingbird
buzzed on nectar
her rose's fine wine

le colibri 
aviné par le nectar
le vin de sa rose

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 


autumn haiku – maple leaves = les feuilles d'érable




maple leaves
disperse the sun
in rainbows

les feuilles d'érable
dispersent le soleil
en arcs-en-ciel

Richard Vallance


tragic summer haiku d'été tragique – a pelican = un pélican = un pellicano




a pelican
wailing... help!
glued to oil

un pélican 
hurle ... au secours !
collé à l'huile

un pellicano
grida... aiuto!
bloccato in olio

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – if = si = se


senryu - if = si = se





if
you are lost
you are found

si
tu es perdu
tu es trouvé

se
sei perso
sei trovato

Richard Vallance


senryu – a moment = un momento


senryu - a moment = un momento





a moment
fleeting moment
in a moment

un moment
moment éphémère
dans un moment

un momento
momento fugace
in un momento


Richard Vallance



autumn haiku d'automne – leaves fallen = feuilles tombées




leaves fallen
on the pond's bridge...
lotuses wilt

feuilles tombées
sur le pont de l'étang ...
les lotus flétrissent

Richard Vallance

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