Category: haiku



winter haiku d’hiver – a tiny foal =  un petit poulin

a tiny foal 
frozen in mud for eons  –
we weep for him

a tiny foal 620

un petit poulin
gelé si longtemps dans la boue –
l’on pleure pour lui

Richard Vallance


							

hilarious senryu rigolo ! – flopped on my back = plat sur mon dos

flopped on my back
a loopdy kitty doop ...
I think I’m pooped 

flopped on my back 620

plat sur mon dos
chat, comment ça se fait ? ...
que je suis crevé !

Richard Vallance


senryu – her soul is hers no more = son âme n’est plus la sienne

my Maine Coon has died - 
her soul is hers no more
though mine is hers

Argentee my Maine Coon has died 620

ma Maine Coon est morte - 
son âme n’est plus la sienne
mais elle est la mienne

Richard Vallance

This senryu is inspired by the following senryu by the author of Pi-Ku poetry, on twitter here:

then my soul was no longer mine 620

Pi-Ku




spring haiku de printemps – wild garlic = toi, l’ail des bois

wild garlic
popping up in the forest –
aren’t you a dish?

wild garlic 620

toi, l’ail des bois
qui apparais dans la forêt  –
comme tu es chic !  

Richard Vallance

Wild garlic is native to Canada. It has a bittersweet taste. It thrives in the Gatineau Hills just outside Ottawa and the Outaouais.

L’ail des bois est endémique au Canada. Il a un goût aigre-doux. Il prospère sur les collines de la région du Gatineau proches d’Ottawa et de l’Outaouais.


spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads = têtes de violon

fiddleheads
in the forested hills –
andante breeze

fiddleheads 620

têtes de violon
sur les collines forestières –
brise andante

Richard Vallance

Fiddleheads are native to Canada. They taste like spinach. They thrive in the Gatineau Hills just outside Ottawa and the Outaouais.

Les têtes de violon sont endémiques au Canada. Elles ont le goût des épinards. Elles prospèrent sur les collines de la région du Gatineau proches d’Ottawa et de l’Outaouais.


summer haiku d’été – the moon casts shadows = les ombres lunaires

the moon casts shadows
over the rippling prairies –
silvery wheat

the moon on the prairies 620

les ombres lunaires
sur les prairies ondulantes –
le blé argenté 

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – when spring isn’t spring = printemps oui ou non ?

when spring isn’t spring
and flowers won’t blossom
why all this rain?

why all this rain 620


printemps oui ou non ?
les fleurs ne fleurissent pas –
pourquoi tant de pluie ?

Richard Vallance


senryu – excuuuse me! = excuuusez-moi !

excuuuse me!
did you just fart in my face?
you dumbass dog!

excuse me

Excuuusez-moi !
as-tu pété dans mon visage ?
toi, chien si bête ! 

Richard Vallance


senryu – Brexit exits = Brexit la sortie

Brexit exits
from our derrière –
England toots!

brexit exits

Brexit la sortie
de notre derrière –
l’Angleterre chie !

Richard Vallance


senryu – Parthenon’s marbles = les marbres du Parthenon

Parthenon’s marbles
stuffed in the British Museum  – 
hall of horrors!

Parthenons marbles 620

les marbres du Parthenon
dans le British Museum  – 
quelle salle d’horreurs !  

Richard Vallance

The theft of the Parthenon marbles by Lord Elgin and the British from 1801 to 1812 is one of the most appalling crimes of highway robbery in all history! It is a filthy act of depredation, and it deserves nothing less than our condemnation and scorn. But of course the British at the British Museum are disgusting idiots who simply cannot see the writing on the wall!


autumn haiku d’automne – a full moon hovers = la pleine lune plane

a full moon hovers
over the misted moor –
murder most foul!

full moon on the misty moor 620

la pleine lune plane
sur la lande brumeuse –
quel meurtre infâme !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – pray for Notre Dame = priez pour Notre Dame

pray for Notre Dame –
our Lady of Sorrows
burned alive!

Notre Dame our Lady 620

priez pour Notre Dame –
Notre-Dame des douleurs
brûlée vive !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – Notre Dame 

Notre Dame –
her rosette a mass of flames...
her flowers in globs

Notre Dame rosette on fire 620

Notre Dame –
sa rosace flambée ...
ses fleurs en gouttes

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – Notre Dame 

Notre Dame –
her spire crumbles in flames...
Paris blossoms

Notre Dame spire fire 620

Notre Dame –
sa flèche tombe en flammes ...
Paris fleurit

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – dandelion seeds = graines de pissenlit

dandelion seeds
on a silvery pinwheel
the breeze spins away...

dandelion flower seed head 620
 
graines de pissenlit
d’un moulinet argentée
que la brise emporte ...

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été  – the bald eagle = l’aigle d’Amérique

the bald eagle
screeches to lightning –
I flash over you

bald eagle and lightning 620

l’aigle d’Amérique
hurle à l’éclair –
je t’éclaircis

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the snowy owl’s wings = l’harfang des neiges

the snowy owl’s wings
beating by the pine brush –
woosh! woosh!

snowy owl 620

l’harfang des neiges,
les ailes effleurent brousailles –
zoum ! zoum !

Richard Vallance 


autmn haiku d’automne – the scarecrow = l’épouvantail

the scarecrow
in the pumpkin patch
scared of crows!

scarecrow 620

l’épouvantail
dans le champ de citrouilles
a peur des corbeaux ! 

Richard Vallance 


spring haiku de printemps – the first thunderstorm = le premier orage 

the first thunderstorm,
rain pelts the windowpanes –
lightning on my sheets

rain on the windowpanes 610

le premier orage,
la pluie bombarde la fenêtre –  
l’éclair sur les draps

Richard Vallance

							

spring haiku de printemps – caught by a gust = saisi par une rafale

caught by a gust 
my umbrella dashes off –
a crow flying by?

umbrella blown away 620

saisi par une rafale
mon parapluie s’envole –
un corbeau y vole ?

Richard Vallance

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