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autumn haiku d'automne – the wild rice moon = la lune du riz sauvage




the wild rice moon silvers us all
her loons we trill

la lune du riz sauvage nous argente tous
ses huards qui hurlons 

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The Wild Rice moon is the lunar cycle moon roughly corresponding to September. The verb “argenter” , which means “to make silver” is a neologism in French.

La Lune du riz sauvage est la lune du cycle lunaire qui correspond à peu près au mois solaire de septembre. Le verbe “argenter”, ce qui signifie “rendre argenté” est un néologisme en français.


summer haiku d'été – damn you Brit hunters = chasseurs anglais

damn you Brit hunters
blasting red foxes!
murder in cold blood





vous chasseurs anglais
tuez les renards roux !
meurtre de sang-froid

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



senryu – you don't think I'm gay? =  je ne suis pas gai ? 




you don't think I'm gay?
you must be a breeder
and nuts to boot

je ne suis pas gai ?
tu es certes hétéro
es-tu dingue ?

Richard Vallance

photo pubic domain

summer haiku d'été – my plumage in the rain = mon plumage dans la pluie




this is me
my plumage in the rain
burble burble

oui c'est moi
mon plumage dans la pluie
glougoule

questo sono io
il piume sotto la poggia
glu glu glu


Richard Vallance

photo public domain



senryu - this is me = oui c'est moi = questo sono io




this is me
when I was a stunner -
lap it up 

oui c'est moi
quand j'étais si chic -
mais oui crois-moi

questo sono io
quando ero bello -  
mi creda

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – poor wee bird = pet't oiseau triste




poor wee bird
pelted by freezing rain  –
blind-sided
  
pet't oiseau triste
frappé par le verglas –
quasi aveuglé

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Noel Strauven


You may have fallen prey


You may have fallen prey




for Willem Tensen

You may have fallen prey to such a fate
as only we imagine and cannot share;
we know your soul shall never abrogate 
her duty to her God in every prayer
you offer up to Him alone with all
you fairest friends and closest kin alike
according to your heart's most ardent call
to rally yourself against this dire strike,
this awful blow to you and yours you know
you never deserved in your faintest dreams,
this unexpected, all too nasty blow
which only love, yours and our Lord's redeems.
Your injury is also ours to bear
if only we'll bear the cross you lightly share.

Richard Vallance

October 2 2019

photo public domain


summer haiku d'été – thunderheads = nuages d'orage




thunderheads
brewing on the horizon –
our sails quaver

nuages d'orage
qui s'amassent à l'horizon – 
nos voiles frémissent

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Robert Horrobin




autumn haiku d'automne – a fading rose = une rose fanée




a fading rose
wilts in the rain –
do you share her tears?

une rose fanée
flétrit dans la pluie –
partages-tu ses larmes ?

Richard Vallance 

Photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019


senryu – a little boy = un petit garçon = un ragazzino




a little boy
playing the piano...
all thumbs

un petit garçon
joue au piano ...
voilà deux mains gauches 

un ragazzino
suona il piano ...
tutti i pollici

Richard Vallance



environmental summer haiku environnemental – the last bee = la dernière abeille




the last bee
pollinates the last rose
the last queen dead

la dernière abeille
féconde la dernière rose
la dernière reine morte

Richard Vallance

We are killing off the bees!


autumn haiku d'automne – a white crow = un corbeau blanc




a white crow
sheds a feather in the rain –
fresh watercolour

un corbeau blanc
perd une plume dans la pluie -
aquarelle fraîche

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver  – spiral stairs = marches en spirale




spiral stairs
dank with death –
the heart bursts

marches en spirale
zone humide de la mort –
le coeur s'éclate

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku  – autumn prank = farce d'automne = scherzo d'autunno




autumn prank
I'm wearing two sweaters!
shiver me' timbers

farce d'automne 
je porte deux chandails !
mais je frissone

scherzo d'autunno
indosso due maglioni!
tremo ancora
Richard Vallance

summer haiku d'été – fawn surprised = faon surpris




fawn surprised
by my off-the-cuff photo
licks my hand

faon surpris
par ma photo impromptue
lèche ma main

Richard Vallance

photo © by Régis Auffray 2019


autumn haiku – in the pouring rain = dans une averse




in the pouring rain
a shivering stray cat
hides in garbage

dans une averse
un chat égaré tremblant
se cache dans les ordures

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d'automne – maple leaves = feuilles d'érable = foglie d'acero




maple leaves
drenched by cold rain
bathe themselves in tears

feuilles d'érable
trempées par la pluie froide
sont baignées de larmes

foglie d'acero
sotto la pioggia
sono in lacrime

Richard Vallance



senryu – kitty TV = télé pour le chat = TV del gatto




kitty TV
the living room window –
bird-brain
 
télé pour le chat  
la fenêtre du salon –
tête de linotte

TV del gatto
nella finestra –
gatto sciocco

Richard Vallance
  

summer haiku d'été – deer fleeing = chevreuil qui fuit = cerva in fuga




a deer fleeing
the devouring flames
to devour her

chevreuil qui fuit 
les flammes dévorantes
à la dévorer

cerva in fuga
le fiamme divoranti
per divorarla


Richard Vallance


screen capture from Utube = capture d'écran d'Utube

summer haiku d'été – porcelain rose = rose en porcelaine   = rosa di porcellana




I offer you
the porcelain rose
à la Ronsard

je t'offre
rose en porcelaine
à la Ronsard

ti offro
la porcellana rosa
à la Ronsard

Richard Vallance

photo © by Lisbeth Ho 2019 all rights reserved



and here is Pierre de Ronsard's original sonnet:

Quand vous serez bien vieille

Quand vous serez bien vieille, au soir, à la chandelle,
Assise auprès du feu, dévidant et filant,
Direz, chantant mes vers, en vous émerveillant :
Ronsard me célébrait du temps que j’étais belle.

Lors, vous n’aurez servante oyant telle nouvelle,
Déjà sous le labeur à demi sommeillant,
Qui au bruit de mon nom ne s’aille réveillant,
Bénissant votre nom de louange immortelle.

Je serai sous la terre et fantôme sans os :
Par les ombres myrteux je prendrai mon repos :
Vous serez au foyer une vieille accroupie,
Regrettant mon amour et votre fier dédain.

Vivez, si m’en croyez, n’attendez à demain :
Cueillez dès aujourd’hui les roses de la vie.

Pierre de Ronsard, Sonnets pour Hélène, 1578


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