Archive for November, 2019


senryu – if androgynous = si androgène


senryu – if androgynous =  si androgène





if androgynous 
neither male nor female
are you angelic?

si androgène
si ni mâle ni femelle
es-tu angélique ?

Richard Vallance

composite photos/female left and male right, so similar it is difficult to distinguish between them. So are androgenous people are more evolved than ordinary humans? Are they human or angels among us?   

montage photographique/ femelle à gauche, mâle à droit, si similaires qui'il est difficile de distinguer la différence. Est-ce que ceux qui sont androgènes sont plus évolués que les humains ordinaires ? Est-ce qu'ils/ qu'elles sont humains ou des anges parmi nous ?  



summer haiku d'été - see the cat sashay =  voilà le chat





how the cat flounces
over the cumulus cloud -
she'll never fall through

voilà le chat
qui bondit sur le nuage -
elle en chute ? jamais

Richard Vallance

photo public domainI believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” (Jules Verne 1850-1905)

" Je crois que les chats sont des esprits venus sur terre. Le chat, j'en suis convaincu, pourrait marcher sur un nuage. " ( Jules Verne 1850-1905 )

winter haiku d’hiver – the wolverine = le carcajou


winter haiku d'hiver – the wolverine = le carcajou




the wolverine
dashing through the snow
deals a nasty blow

le carcajou
qui file à travers la neige
porte un coup cruel

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

Wolverines are vicious hunters. Les carcajous sont des chasseurs vicieux. 


winter haiku d'hiver - the windigo = le windigo





the windigo
in Manitou's moonlit eyes
your frozen eyes

le windigo
aux yeux froids du Manitou
tes yeux gelés

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The windigo is a mythical creature or trickster of Canadian indigenous people who freezes to death anyone who dares look at him.
Le windigo est une créature mythique ou l'arnaqueur des indigènes du Canada qui gêle à mort quiconque ose le regarder.




winter haiku d'hiver – frenzied mustangs = les chevaux sauvages




frenzied mustangs
stampede through the snow –
wolves at their heels

les chevaux sauvages
s'échappent dans la neige –
loups sur ses talons

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance

If you find my Canadian winter haiku are cruel, our winters are harsh and every wild animal must fend for himself. 
Si vous apercevez que mes haïkus canadiens sont cruels, l'hiver canadien est toujours sévère, et chaque animal sauvage doit se débrouiller tout seul.




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





the rainbow
in the raindrop
mirrors zen

l'arc-en-ciel
dans la goutte de pluie
miroir du zen

Richard Vallance

photo public domain/ domaine public – special effects/
effets spéciaux by/ par Richard Vallance


winter haiku d'hiver - chickadees huddled= mésanges blotties





chickadees huddled
against the snowstorm - 
our poor refugees

mésanges blotties
contre la tempête de neige - 
nos réfugiées   

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Keith Williams


autumn haiku d'automne – who am  I? = qui suis-je ? = chi sono?




who am I?
kitty Tuxedo owl?
who gives a hoot? 

qui suis-je ?
chat hibou Tuxedo ?
ou où hululer ?

chi sono?
gatto Tuxedo gufo?
chi gufa gufa?


Richard Vallance


summer haiku – puppy love = amour de chiot




e've ice for u
dis rouse harts me mout –
puppy wuv

First line revised: e've ice fur u

il n'y ou quai toy
cette rouse blouse moi buche
amure de cheeot

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – nothing is fairer = rien n'est plus belle






nothing is fairer
than the vermilion rose
than her blush

rien n'est plus belle
que la rose vermeille
que son éclat

Richard Vallance

photo Wikimedia Commons:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vermilion_Rose_PIC00007.JPG

winter haiku – midnight sound asleep = minuit endormi


winter haiku – midnight sound asleep = minuit endormi





midnight sound asleep
snow squalls stalk the misty moon -
hunger stalks arctic wolves

minuit endormi
les bourrasgues traquent la pleine lune -
la faim traque les loups

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – a surfeit of kits = mais quel bouquet





a surfeit of kits?
skunks as cute as buttons –
subtle perfume

mais quel bouquet !
ces mouffettes si mignonnes –
parfum subtil

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The following terms apply to skunks: “surfeit” is a group of skunks; “kits” or kittens are the babies.







winter haiku d'hiver – all the wolves howl = tous les loups hurlent 





how the wolves howl
in a choir, off to the chase –
how the elk wails!

que les loups hurlent
en choeur, à la chasse  –
que l'élan gémit !

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – the silvern moon = la lune argentée





the silvern moon
plays on our snow swept fields –
come we'll share the hearth!

la lune argentée
illumine nos champs en neige  –
viens vers le foyer !

Richard Vallance

* “silvern” is a neologism coined by my fellow haijin and dear friend, Ellie Brown.

photo public domain


senryu – Buddha replies zen = Bouddha répond, zen  





Buddha replies, zen
is forever now alone
in the cat's eyes

Bouddha répond, zen
est le présent éternel
seul aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance

photo public domainThe smallest feline is a masterpiece”.Le chat est un chef-d'oeuvre”.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)



winter haiku d'hiver = woven on the rose = tissée sur la rose

contest for/ concours pour Haiku universel
https://www.facebook.com/groups/881510312054311/1079124202292920/?comment_id=1080101855528488&notif_id=1569594513702178&notif_t=group_comment





woven on the rose
the economy of snow
leaves her room to bloom

tissée sur la rose
l'économie de la neige
la laisse fleurir

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



micropoem 4 lines/ micropoème 4 lignes – love birds = les colombes = le colombe

Contest/ concours/concorso Poetry undocumented
https://www.facebook.com/groups/501135793810770/





love birds
mourning the loss
of the rose
of Eden

les colombes
pleurent la perte
de la rose
d'Éden

le colombe
piangono la perdita
della rosa
dell'Eden

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku d'automne – our souls incensed = nos âmes furieuses

November 11 Remembrance Day = le 11 novembre le  jour de 'Armistice





our souls incensed
we're up in arms... again!
the dove in flames

nos âmes furieuses
nous nous massacrons ... encore !
la colombe en flammes

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


senryu – shattered dreams = les rêves brisés = sogni rotti





shattered dreams
shattered mirror
shattered soul

les rêves brisés
le miroir cassé
l'âme brisée

sogni rotti
lo specchio rotto
l'anima rotta

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku – if you are in tears = si tu es en larmes





for Barbara Harris and the whole Harris family. Barbara
passed away November 6 2019. Judy Harris, Barbara's
daughter-in-law, is my first cousin. 

if you are in tears
tears are roses in the rain
weeping dew

Richard Vallance

pour Barbara Harris et toute la famille Harris. Barabara est
décédée le 6 novembre 2019Harris, la belle-fille de Barbara,
est ma cousine germaine

si tu es en larmes
tes larmes les roses dans la pluie
versent la rosée

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

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