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Astroku 3 – the Astroku = l’Astroku

Astroku 3 – the Astroku = l'Astroku

the astroku
song of the universe
glass carillon

français :

la chanson de l'univers
carillon de verre


canzone dell'universo
carillon di vetro


canzona di l’universu
vetru carillon


o astroku
música do universo
carrilhão de vidro


cançó de l’univers
vidre carilló


lagu alam semesta
karillon kaca


der Astroku
Lied des Universums


universets sång


carmen universum
musica vitrea


universal song
glass music


shmai hasteran
shmai tsahas 


song of the stars
silvery song
(lit: song of silver)

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay
Boomerang Nebula/ Nébuleuse Boomerang LEDA 3074547 protoplanetary
special effects by/ effets spéciaux par Richard Vallance

Astroku 1 – who flutters where? = qui voltige où ?

Astroku 1 – who flutters where? = qui voltige où ?

who flutters where ?
on the stardust sea? 
the archangel prime


qui voltige où ?
sur la mer étoilée ?
l'archange né


chi vola dove?
sul mare stellato?
l'arcangelo nato


quem voa para onde?
no mar estrelado?
o arcanjo nascido


wer fliegt wohin?
auf dem Sternenmeer?
der Erzengel geboren

Ancient languages:


quis ubi volat?
mare stellarum ?
angelus princeps


who flies where?
on the sea of stars? 
the prince of angels
(literally the angel first citizen)


kuis piddaiz kuapi?
arunaz hasteraš?
hlugadlaš lalukimaš 


who flies where?
on the sea of stars?
the messenger of light *

As in Greek (aggelos - Latinized) the word for an angel was “a messenger”, because that is what angels are, messengers of God and that is exactly what the Greek word in the New Testament means.

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

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summer haiku d'été – the sun adorns you =  le soleil t'orne

spider web rain620

the sun adorns you
your spider web is fragile
raindrops are your pearls

le soleil t'orne
ta toile de l'araignée frêle
la pluie tes perles

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

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Spiders are vital to the environment, because they kill vermin such as flies, mosquitoes etc. I find it deplorable that so many people are so afraid of spiders that they kill them. I think spiders are beautiful. And they are not insects. They are 8 legged arachnids who kill vermin insects such as flies, mosquitoes etc. So if you are afraid of spiders and you find one in your house, trap it, take it outside and set it free.

Washington Post:

Don’t kill that spider in your house. It’s unlikely to bite you and is good for the environment. If you truly can’t stand that spider in your house, apartment, garage or wherever, instead of smashing it, try to capture it and release it outside.

Mayan poetry translated into English, French, Latin and Hittite = poésie mayanne traduite en français, latin et hittite  

a special post to honour Daniel de França's beautiful contribution/
un poste spécial en l'honneur de la belle contribution de Daniel de França...   

original Mayan poem in Mayan and Spanish:

Matthew 7:7 (New Testament):

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.


You will go to school.
You will not be empty-headed.
You will cross the threshold of your imagination
going all the way into your own house
without having to knock on the door.

français :

Vous irez à l'école.
Vous ne serez pas écervelé.
Vous franchirez le seuil de ton imagination
et vous irez jusqu'au bout et vous entrerez chez toi
sans même devoir frapper à la porte.


See the Mayan poem above, followed by it in Spanish and then in English.


Scholae operam dabitis.
Non eritis ineptus.
Ingrediemini domum cogitationis
et ibitis procul et in domum tuum intrabitis
neque ostium pulsare debebitis.


You will devote your work to school.
You will not be empty-headed.
You will enter the home of your imagination
and you will go all the way and you will enter your home
and you will not have to knock on the door.  

Hittite (3,500 BCE):

Hatrai istamasteni.
Httatan harteni.
Teshus istamasteni.
Appezziyan tarhuteni appezziyan paitteni parnant
appezziyan askan siyateni.


You will learn to count.
You will have wisdom.
You will learn your dreams. 
Afterwards you will win (and) afterwards you will go to your house
afterwards you will open the door.

1. There is no future tense in Hittite. So the text actually reads:

You learn to count.
You have wisdom.
You learn your dreams. 
Afterwards you win (and) afterwards you go to your house
afterwards you open the door.

2. The Hittites never focused on stupidity, which they believed was beneath them, but instead honoured wisdom.

3. There was no word for “imagination”. The Hittites learned from their dreams, which they considered sacred.

4. Once again, the Hittites did not focus on obligation, but instead described positively what they meant. So to them it meant so little to have to knock on the door when all you had to do was to open it.

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

senryu – if your cat hisses = si ton chat hisse

if your cat hisses
you think my question's silly? 
guess what? piss on you

si ton chat crache
comment ? ma question est bête ?
je pisse sur toi

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo of the Maine Coon public domain/ photo du Maine Coon domaine public

This is not a haiku at all but a wonderful message for all humankind.

summer haiku d'été – our canoe moored = canot amarré

our canoe moored
in the island's cove
we share tall tales

canot amarré
dans l'anse de l'île 
parbleu nos contes

Richard Vallance

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photo © by/ par Richard Vallance August 31 2018/ le 31 août 2018

summer haiku d'été – see me play the flute = je joue de la flûte

see me play the flute
da-dancing in the moonlight?
meow we'll have fun

je joue de la flûte
m'y vois-tu au clair de lune ?
miaou on s'amuse

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance

greeting card with a Tuxedo cat/ carte de voeux illustrée avec un chat Tuxedo


So sing along!

Dancing in the Moonlight

We get it on most every night
When that moon is big and bright
It's a supernatural delight
Everybody was dancin' in the moonlight

Everybody here is out of sight
They don't bark and they don't bite
They keep things loose, they keep things light
Everybody was dancing in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody's feeling warm and bright
It's such a fine and natural sight
Everybody's dancing in the moonlight

We like our fun and we never fight
You can't dance and stay uptight
It's a supernatural delight
Everybody was dancin' in the moonlight

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody's feeling warm and bright
It's such a fine and natural sight
Everybody's dancing in the moonlight

Everybody here is out of sight
They don't bark and they don't bite
They keep things… 

King Harvest

summer haiku d'été – the rippling sun = le soleil ondule

the rippling sun
highlights your charming glow
just as we meet

le soleil ondule
sur toi si beau.. voilà moi 
à ta recontre

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo of a young man tying his running shoes =
photo d'un jeune homme qui fait ses lacets


summer haiku d'été – it rains on you, rose = rose, il pleut sur toi = rosa nel fiume

it rains on you, rose,
alone in the river ...
who tossed you in?

rose, il pleut sur toi
à la dérive dans le fleuve ...
qui t'y a lancé ?

rosa nel fiume
nella pioggia
chi ti ha lanciato?

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay 


Hamlet, Act 4, Scene 7

Queen Gertrude:
There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men's fingers call them:
There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

spring haiku de printemps – do you wish to hear = veux-tu écouter


do you wish to hear
birds serenade us for years?
why not plant a tree?

veux-tu écouter
les oiseaux à l'avenir ?
plante un jeune arbre

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay

summer haiku d'été – I peregrine scree = faucon pélerin

I peregrine scree
way way over the canyon – 
I was born here too

faucon pélerin
je survole le grand canyon – 
je suis né ici

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay

summer haiku d'été - her floral eden = son éden fleuri

her floral Eden
is now her forever home
the incarnate cat

son Éden fleuri
c'est son abri éternel
la chatte incarnée 

Richard Vallance

© by Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay

* Anyone who knows anything about cats knows exactly what “his or her forever home” means. If you don't know, you can always find out in a Google search. Thanks. 

senryu – if your love is you = si tu es l'amour = se l'amore sei tu

New Testament:
Corinthians 1.13.2: If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom
all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have faith to move
mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

if your love is you
do you know who you are?
all the universe

français :

si tu es l'amour
sais-tu qui tu es ?
tout l'univers


se l'amore sei tu
sai chi sei?


si el amor eres tu
¿sabes quién eres?
el universo


wenn du die Liebe bist
Weißt du wer du bist?
das Weltall


daca iubirea esti tu
stii cine esti?


si es amor 
scis qui sit?


takku essi asiur
sak kuis essi?
dapes hasteres


if you are love
do you know who you are?
all the stars

Hittite, the earliest Indo-European language, was so ancient (ca. 3,500 BCE) that it had no word for “universe”, which makes perfect sense. I am learning Hittite. I started a month ago, and I am learning fast. Unlike most adults, who claim learning a foreign language is hard, I learn languages like a child. Even if you cannot understand the words, if you speak or read Italian, pronounce Hittite the same way, like this:

se l'amore sei tu
sai chi sei?

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020 

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay

summer haiku – over the forest hush = survolant le bois

over the forest hush 
the northern lights a rush
for the wild rice moon  
survolant le bois
l'aurore boréale sidère
la lune du riz sauvage 

Richard Vallance

© by Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay

Moroccan Foods-Easy and Historical


Topic: Foods past and present 

Preserved Lemons

It’s almost a month since I set out to recreate preserved lemons to use in my favorite Moroccan recipes. If you’ve ever bought preserved lemons you know just how pricey they are and how little you get in return. I wanted to make chicken with preserved lemons and olives in my new tagine so I paid just around nine dollars for two lemons to create my dish-never again.

It takes a bit of time to make and around a month to sit and marinate in the brine but for about six dollars I now have a quart jar with 10 lemons in it. There is just something magical about creating foods like this and the fact that lemons, are an important staple of Moroccan cuisine and have been such for a long time only enhances the pleasure for me.

According to Food Timeline…

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Topic: Charred plants-Neolithic period

Ancient houses unearthed in SyriaTal Bokrous is a sample of the first agricultural village built according to the architectural style of the Stone Age in Deir Ezzor, (432 kms northeast of Damascus, Syria).

The site is the only archaeological discovery at the Middle Euphrates Region which belongs to the booming phase of the Neolithic era.

The Neolithic era (New Stone Age), was a period in the development of human technology, begining about 9500 BC in the Middle East that is traditionally considered the last part of the Stone Age.

The adjacent houses built along the two sides of the village yard show the greatness of the architectural style at that period.

Archaeologist Yarub al-Abdullah said “The number of the unearthed houses has amounted to 188, each house includes three rooms built of dry brick while the floors and walls were painted with mud or plaster.”

Some walls were decorated with…

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Brewing Up a Civilization


Topic:Alcohol’s Neolithic Origins

Did our Neolithic ancestors turn to agriculture so that they could be sure of a tipple? US Archaeologist Patrick McGovern thinks so. The expert on identifying traces of alcohol in prehistoric sites reckons the thirst for a brew was enough of an incentive to start growing crops.

It turns out the fall of man probably didn’t begin with an apple. More likely, it was a handful of mushy figs that first led humankind astray.

Here is how the story likely began — a prehistoric human picked up some dropped fruit from the ground and popped it unsuspectingly into his or her mouth. The first effect was nothing more than an agreeably bittersweet flavor spreading across the palate. But as alcohol entered the bloodstream, the brain started sending out a new message — whatever that was, I want more of it!

Humankind’s first encounters with alcohol in the…

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spring haiku de printemps – fay ballerinas = ballerines fées

fay ballerinas 
scenting the night
flowering chives

ballerines fées
elles parfument la nuit
civettes en fleur

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo © by/ par Swarna Shanmugalingam 2020

senryu = if may I create = si je puis créer = se creo

senryu = if may I create = si je puis créer = se creo

if I may create
parallel worlds 
guess are they me?

si je puis créer
des mondes parallèles
devine sont-ils moi ?

se creo
mondi paralleli
quindi sono io?

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

photo public domain/ domaine public Pixabay


Old Testament: And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten” (Moses 1:32–33). 

New Testament:

Hebrews 11:13Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” (Heb. 1:1–2; italics added).


Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (1149–1209), in dealing with his conception of physics and the physical world in his Matalib, "explores the notion of the existence of a multiverse in the context of his commentary" on the Qur'anic verse, "All praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds." He raises the question of whether the term "worlds" in this verse refers to "multiple worlds within this single universe or cosmos, or to many other universes or a multiverse beyond this known universe." In volume 4 of the Matalib, Al-Razi states:[23] 

It is established by evidence that there exists beyond the world a void without a terminal limit (khala' la nihayata laha), and it is established as well by evidence that God Most High has power over all contingent beings (al-mumkinat). Therefore He the Most High has the power (qadir) to create a thousand thousand worlds (alfa alfi 'awalim) beyond this world such that each one of those worlds be bigger and more massive than this world as well as having the like of what this world has of the throne (al-arsh), the chair (al-kursiyy), the heavens (al-samawat) and the earth (al-ard), and the sun (al-shams) and the moon (al-qamar). The arguments of the philosophers (dala'il al-falasifah) for establishing that the world is one are weak, flimsy arguments founded upon feeble premises.


Apannaka (Buddha)

"Disciples," the Buddha said "nowhere between the lowest of hells below and the highest heaven above, nowhere in all the infinite worlds that stretch right and left, is there the equal, much less the superior, of a Buddha. Incalculable is the excellence which springs from obeying the Precepts and from other virtuous conduct." - Apannaka Jataka


Every universe is covered by seven layers — earth, water, fire, air, sky, the total energy and false ego — each ten times greater than the previous one. There are innumerable universes besides this one, and although they are unlimitedly large, they move about like atoms in You. Therefore You are called unlimited (Bhagavata Purana 6.16.37) 


Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh Revealed After the Kitáb-i-Aqdas: SÚRIY-I-VAFÁ1 (Tablet to Vafá) 

It would equally be true to maintain that thy spirit, having transcended the limitations of sleep and having stripped 188 itself of all earthly attachment, hath, by the act of God, been made to traverse a realm which lieth hidden in the innermost reality of this world. Verily I say, the creation of God embraceth worlds besides this world, and creatures apart from these creatures. In each of these worlds He hath ordained things which none can search except Himself, the All-Searching, the All-Wise. Do thou meditate on that which We have revealed unto thee, that thou mayest discover the purpose of God, thy Lord, and the Lord of all worlds. In these words the mysteries of Divine Wisdom have been treasured. We have refrained from dwelling upon this theme owing to the sorrow that hath encompassed Us from the actions of them that have been created through Our words, if ye be of them that will hearken unto Our Voice. 


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