Category: haiku



senryu – I’m a black kitten = moi, chaton noir

I’m a black kitten
with pretty blue eyes –
I’m not a toy!

blue eyed black kitten

moi, chaton noir
aux beaux yeux bleus –
moi, pas un jouet !

Richard Vallance


senryu – my chubby cat = mon chat joufflu

my chubby cat,
his ass in my face – 
fed up with the rain!

fat cat on a leash

mon chat joufflu,
son cul vers mon visage –
tanné de la pluie !

Richard Vallance


senryu – heart to heart = parler à coeur ouvert

a heart to heart
with my tuxedo cat
spaces her out!

heart freaked out Tuxedo Cat

parler à coeur ouvert
avec ma chatte tuxedo
la laisse flippée !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – the crescent moon = le croissant de lune

the crescent moon
in the great-horned owl’s eyes
mirrored in the cat’s

gray-horned owl 620

le croissant de lune
aux yeux de l’hibou grand duc
aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – blue-eyed tuxedo = tuxedo, yeux bleus

my blue-eyed cat
in his spiffy tuxedo –
bluebird soprano


tuxedobluebird 620

mon chat aux yeux bleus
qui porte son smoking si chic –
l’oiseau bleu soprano

Richard Vallance


senryu –  blueberries on Mars? = bleuets sur Mars ?

blueberries on Mars?
you gotta be pullin’ my leg !
... or bird turds?

blueberries on mars 620

bleuets sur Mars ?
est-ce tu me taquines !
... ou des crottes d’oiseaux ?

Richard Vallance


senryu –  tuxedo cats = chats tuxedo

gee, tuxedo cats
all curled in a ball  –
ah true love!

luv

ces chats tuxedo
roulés en boule –
que c’est l’amour !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – black assed bears nuzzling = ours noirs qui sentent

black assed bears nuzzling
a patch of wild blueberries –
family picnic

bears and blueberries 620

deux ours noirs qui sentent
les bleuets sauvages –
pique-nique de famille

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été and a stunning photo of Mars! – Mars – her ocean = Mars - son océan, et une photo éblouissante de Mars !

Mars’ sandy ocean
laps her greening shores – 
can you imagine that?

Mars ocean shores 620

l’océan de sable
de Mars clapote ses rives vertes –
l’imagines-tu ?

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – a mourning dove = la tourterelle triste

silly mourning dove
why mourn summer’s loss?  
it’s still here!

mourning dove 620

toi, tourterelle triste
tu déplores l’été perdu
qui persiste toutefois !

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d’automne – the buoy clangs = la bouée sonne

the buoy clangs
in the clammy mist
where their ship went down

buoy Empress of Ireland

la bouée sonne
dans la brume où leur navire
a coulé à fond

Richard Vallance

This haiku refers to the sinking of the Empress of Ireland in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence on May 29 1914, when 1,012 on board died. While the sinking took place in the spring, this haiku is set in the autumn when it is colder and mist is clammy. The buoy is there all the time, season in and season out.

Dans cet haiku il s’agit du naufrage de l’Empress of Ireland dans la Golfe du Saint-Laurent où le paquebot a coulé le 29 mai 1914. Parmi les passagers 1,014 sont morts. Bienque le naufrage ait eu lieu au printemps, cet haiku est situé en automne quand il fait encore plus froid et la brume est plus froide. La bouée est toujours là peu importe la saison.


summer haiku d’été – the kite soars over = le milan survole

the kite soars over
wave over ocean wave 
pursuing our kites

kite bird and kites 620

le milan survole
les vagues déferlantes
et chasse nos cerfs-volants

Richard Vallance

The kite is a bird of prey. This is a play-on-words in English. Le milan est un oiseau de proie.


summer haiku d’été – the growling rock = la roche qui grogne

the growling rock
those tortured stumps –
the road to nowhere

road to nowhere 620

la roche qui grogne
ces souches torturées –
le chemin sans fin

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – aspens in leaf = feuilles des trembles 

aspens all in leaf 
below the windswept cliffs –
their rattled pines 

aspens cliffs and clouds 620

feuilles des trembles
en bas des falaises venteuses –
ses pins secoués

Richard Vallance  


winter haiku d'hiver – the silence of snow = la neige est silente

the silence of snow
amassed on the park bench  –
phantom lovers here

park bench in snow 620

la neige est silente
entassée sur le banc de parc –
les amants fantômes

Richard Vallance


senryu – with you = avec toi

I’m always with you,
kitty, you’re always with me...
cuddling forever!

with you senryu

ma belle chatte,
nous sommes toujours ensemble, 
... caressons-nous !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – follow the stars = suivre les étoiles

follow the stars
not the ghosts in the forest...
the stars are angels

stars in the forest 620

suivre les étoiles
pas les fantômes forestiers ...
les étoiles ? les anges !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – on a rainy day = un jour pluvieux

on a rainy day
a kestrel skirts the bay –
echoes in the pines

kestrel 620

un jour pluvieux
une crécerelle survole la baie –
échos des pins

Richard Vallance

senryu – Fleur-de-Lys


senryu – Fleur-de-Lys

Fleur-de-Lys
seraphim incarnate
in transit

Fleur-de-Lys 620

Fleur-de-Lys
séraphim incarné
en transit

Richard Vallance


Earth-shattering summer haiku d’été stupéfiant – tickle the dragon? = chaoutille le dragon ?

tickle the dragon’s tail?
he’ll incinerate the sky!
whose Trinity now?

trinity 620

chaoutille le dragon ?
il incinère le ciel !
mais quelle Trinité ?

Richard Vallance

Years after the 20 kiloton Trinity atomic bomb exploded on July 16 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the director of the project, made this ominous projection:

I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. 

He was prophetically right, to say the very least.Tickle the dragon’s tail” refers to he technique to calculate critical mass, which would be necessary to detonate in an atomic weapon. 

Plusieurs années après la détonation de la bombe atomique Trinity de 20 kilotonnes, le 16 juillet 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer ( 1904-1967 ), le directeur du projet, a fait cette remarque de mauvaise augure :

Je suis devenu la Mort, le destructeur des mondes.

Pour ne pas dire plus, sa prophétie était correcte.

Chaoutiller la queue du dragon, c’est la technique nécessaire pour calculer la masse critique afin de détoner une bombe atomique.

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