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summer haiku d’été – a wolf bares his fangs = un loup sort les crocs

a wolf bares his fangs
at a hissing cougar –
Russian roulette

wolf fangs cougar 620

un loup sort les crocs
à un cougouar qui siffle –
roulette russe

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – a snake slithers = un serpent glisse

a snake slithers
over the shifting dunes –
rippling effects 

snake shifting dunes 620

un serpent glisse
sur les dunes mouvantes –
effets de vague

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d’automne – seagulls circle = les mouettes entourent 

seagulls circle
the forlorn lighthouse all night –
tides lapping mists

lighthouse and seagulls 620

les mouettes entourent
le phare délabré la nuit –
les marées brumeuses

Richard Vallance



summer haiku d’été – red maples in mist = érables rouges

red maples in mist,
just a whisper of dawn –  
vermilion ghosts

red maples in mist 620

érables rouges
dans la brume avant l’aube –
fantômes vermillons

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – lotus Buddha = Bouddha lotus

lotus Buddha,
cat sound asleep in his lap –
eternal bliss

Buddha and cat asleep 620

Bouddha lotus,
chat endormi sur ses genoux –
extase éternelle

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – honey bees buzz = les abeilles bourdonnent

honey bees buzzround their hive in the pine –
you nosy ole’ bear!

honey bees pine tree 620

les abeilles bourdonnent
sur leur ruche dans le pin –
toi, ours curieux !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku - haiku de printemps – snow flakes flutter by = flocons de neiges

snow flakes flutter by -
infinite mandalas
simply melt away

snowflakes mandalas 620

flocons de neiges,
mandalas infinis
qui fondent enfin

Richard Vallance


spring haiku - haiku de printemps – mud puddle in rain = flaque dans la pluie

mud puddle in rain
tickling my bare feet –
so what it’s cold?

mud puddle 620

flaque dans la pluie
qui chatouille mes pieds nus –
elle est froide... ça va ! 

Richard Vallance


so-called spring haiku = soi-disant haiku de printemps – shoveling snowbanks = congères pelletées

shoveling snowbanks 
blanketing our junipers  – 
what on earth is spring?

shoveling snowbanks haiku 620

congères pelletées – 
nos genévriers couverts  – 
qu’est-ce le printemps ?

Richard Vallance

Even though it is March 20, there are huge snowbanks in my front yard! Yuk! I took this photo yesterday to prove it.

Bien que ce soit le 20 mars, il y a des congères énormes dans ma cour ! Beurk ! J’ai pris cette photo hier, afin de prouver que c’est vrai. 


							

eternal spring haiku du printemps éternel – the queen of heaven = la reine du ciel

eternal spring!
she is the queen of heaven,
all kitties’ heaven

Queen of Heaven 620

printemps éternel !
elle est la reine du ciel,
paradis des chats

Richard Vallance

Since cats, like all animals, do not sin, they all end up in their own little heavens! For those who do not know, for us humans, the Queen of Heaven is the Virgin Mary. For cats, the queen of heaven is Argentée.

Puisque les chats, comme tous les animaux, n’ont pas de péchés, ils parviennent tous à leurs petits paradis ! Pour tous ceux qui ne le savent pas, la Reine du Paradis pour nous, les humains, c’est la Vierge Marie. Pour les chats, la reine du paradis, c’est Argentée.



senryu – tears on tears = larmes sur larmes

tears on tears
run to your deepest depths –
I weep with you

tears on tears 620

larmes sur larmes
aux tréfonds de toi –
tu pleures ... et moi

Richard Vallance

inspired by deeply caring words from a dear friend of mine just today ...

inspiré par les sentiments profonds de la part d’un cher ami aujourd’hui même ... 

Perplexed


When an introvert speaks

Turn it inside out so I can see
The part of you that’s drifting over me
And when I wake up you’re never there
But when I sleep you’re everywhere

Just tell me how I got this far
Tell me why you’re here and who you are
Because every time I look, you’re never here
And every time I sleep, you’re always there

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winter haiku d’hiver - sidewalk, dead of night - = trottoir la nuit

sidewalk, dead of night -
who will you see in the snow?
who on earth sees you?

sidwalk in a blizzard 620

trottoir la nuit -
qui vois-tu dans la neige ?
personne ne te voit ...

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver = Maine Coon, Argentée


winter haiku d’hiver = Maine Coon,  Argentée

Maine Coon, Argentée 
hangs on for her dear life
over freezing falls

My cat hangs on for dear life 620

Maine Coon, Argentée
se colle au pont au-dessus
des chutes glacées

Richard Vallance

I realize now that very few people like my haiku anymore, probably because I write too many and folks are bored to death with them, but I do, and that is all that counts.

Je me rends enfin pleinement compte du fait que la plupart des gens n’aime plus mes haikus, peut-être parce-ce qu’à leur avis, j’en écris trop et ils en ont marre. mais moi, je les aime, et c’est tout ce qui compte.


eternal spring haiku du printemps éternel – I peer through leaves = à travers les feuilles

I peer through leaves
and who am I thrilled to see? –
why you, my dear serf

à travers les feuilles
qui est-ce que je vois? –
toi, mon cher serf

I peer through the leaves 620

Richard Vallance

in memory of my beloved Maine Coon chat, Argentée
à la mémoire de ma Maine Coon chérie, Argentée 


eternal summer haiku de l’été éternel – sweet cat passed away = chère chatte trépassée

sweet cat passed away,
you dash through heaven’s forests –
my wee free spirit

free spirit 620

chère chatte trépassée
dans les forêts du ciel –
pet’t esprit libre

Richard Vallance

in memory of my beloved Maine Coon chat, Argentée
à la mémoire de ma Maine Coon chérie, Argentée 


 

Photos of my lovely and extremely smart Maine Coon mix cat, Argentée,

throughout her lifetime, 2003-2019. I had to euthanize her on March 14 and it was horrible. All the more so that my sweet tortoiseshell, Daisy, died a natural death on Dec. 28 2018! Argentée was a completely leash-trained cat, who used to go for walks with me for years, and who climbed trees until she was at least 9. She was so smart that unlike most cats, who get stuck in trees when the climb them, she shimmied down trees like a squirrel! Astonishing! She also responded to certain verbal phrases, such as:

2004aprila

2004june

2005marchb

Do you wanna go outside? (Trust me, she knew exactly what THAT meant!)
NO
cheese (She loved cheese)

2009marcha

april2010d

She was by far the smartest cat I have ever known in my life, and was always completely at home on her leash, when we went for walks and when she was in my front yard. Her leash was at least 4 metres long, so she had plenty of room to move around in in my front yard!

And here are her photos, lovely as she was!

PLEASE comment on them!


summer haiku d’été – you funky herb = piège du diable

you funky herb,
you devil’s snare, blow my mind!
who needs weed? 

devils snare 620

piège du diable,
herbe folle, tu m’époustoufles !
fumer l’herbe ? ... bah !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – no robin singing = aucun rouge-gorge 

a snowy morning –
I guess spring is in hiding –
no robin singing

no robin regis auffray 620

matin enneigé –
le printemps se cache-t-il ?
aucun rouge-gorge ne chante

Régis Auffray

photo by Régis Auffray

translated into French by Richard Vallance

traduit en français par Richard Vallance

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