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summer haiku – lighting flash = un coup d’éclair

thunderhead,
lighting flash –
hide under the bed!




un nuage de tonnerre,  
un coup d’éclair –
cache-toi sous le lit !

Richard Vallance
 

funny senryu rigolo! – a frowning ghost =  un fantôme fâché

a frowning ghost
with yellow boobs –
two fried eggs




un fantôme fâché
aux nibards jaunes –
deux oeufs au plat 
 
Richard Vallance

Now don't get all twisted out of shape if you don't like the word boobs! This is meant to be funny, that's all.

summer haiku – a ginger cat = un chat roux


summer haiku – a ginger cat = un chat roux

a ginger cat
scouts a blue butterfly –
entente cordiale




un chat roux
guette un papillon bleu –
entente cordiale

Richard Vallance
 

senryu - would you join me = m’accompagnez-vous 

would you join me,
my fine feathered friends?
... lots to crow about!




m’accompagnez-vous,
mes amis aux plumes fines ?
... l’on va pavoiser !
 
Richard Vallance

senryu – yes you are = oui, c’est toi


senryu – yes you are = oui, c’est toi

yes you are
my special angel –
your voice my music! 




oui c’est toi
mon ange spécial -
ta voix ma musique !

Richard Vallance

The actor is Tommy Knight. He is so astonishingly cute I think, no, I know I have a crush on him! What stunning blue eyes! If you do not think this actor is gorgeous, you have to be nuts!  I think I am going to fain...

For the lyrics and song, You are my special angel, see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiVYvdKjzYA




senryu – angel Raphael = l’ange Raphael

angel Raphael
incarnate
you’re my own son




l’ange Raphael
incarné
tu es mon fils

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the old pond = le vieil étang

the old pond
in a drought –
the sound of




le vieil étang
durant la sécheresse –
le bruit de

Richard Vallance


senryu – I’m bent out of shape = je suis hors moi

I’m bent out of shape
by all your stupid barking!
who needs dogs?




je suis hors moi
à cause de vos aboiements bêtes !
à bas les chiens !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – lazy ole’ lynx = lynx paresseux

lazy ole’ lynx
lollin’ in the grass –
it ain’t catnip but...




lynx paresseux
qui se prélasse dans l’herbe  –
l’herbe aux chats ? non, mais ...

Richard Vallance


summer haiku... or not haiku d’été... oui ou non  – Shrödinger’s frog = la grenouille de Shrödinger

in the new old pond
Shrödinger’s frog croaks
and croaks and not




dans l’étang sans âge
la grenouille de Shrödinger
coasse oui et non

Richard Vallance 

Why did I repeat the word croaks in the English haiku? Think about it.  

I do not expect too many people to get this one, but if you do, great!


funny senryu rigolo – keep calm = reste calme

keep calm
and be a lynx  – 
I am




reste calme
et sois un lynx
comme moi

Richard Vallance


funny Japanese autumn haiku, not the frog again!  – haiku rigolo japonais d’automne, pas encore la grenouille ! 

in the cold pond
the frog croaks his last – 
and croaks *

* The English pun cannot be replicated in French.




dans l’étang froid
la grenouille coasse... la fin – 
elle est morte *

* Le jeu de mots en anglais ne se reproduit pas en français. De toute façon, ça reste comique !

Richard Vallance  

senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent


senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent

rummaging
through the dump –
starving polar bears




maigres ils fourragent
parmi la décharge –
les ours polaires

Richard Vallance



autumn haiku d’autumn - cold rain = la pluie froide

cold rain
splattered on the window - 
our cosy hearth




la fenêtre
éclaboussée de pluie froide -
le foyer chaud

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été − Russian sailor = marin russe

Russian sailor
on his tall ship −
some tall order!




marin russe
sur son grand voilier −
mais quel grand défi !

Richard Vallance

NOTE that a tall ship is a special kind of sailing vessel with very tall masts. 

Canadian variant of Basho’s Old Pond haiku


Canadian variant of Basho’s Old Pond haiku

the beaver pond... 
a frog leaps -
plop! splash!




To head off criticisms that I should not have said plop! and then ... splash!, think about it. When a small amphibian such as a frog leaps into water, the first sound we hear is plop!... and then splash!

l’étang des castors ...
la grenouille y saute -
plouf ! grand plouf ! 

Richard Vallance

You can compare this with 32 translations of the Old Pond haiku, here:
http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/passages/basho-frog.htm



summer haiga d’été – in southern France = dans le midi

swirling heat 
in southern France –
so sumac thrives




la chaleur accablante 
dans le midi –
le sumac partout

Richard Vallance


spring haiga de printemps – two lilacs = deux lilas

two lilacs  – 
when I’m in love
they are too




deux lilas  – 
si je suis amoureux
eux aussi

Richard Vallance


summer haiga d’été – floral decoupage =  découpage de fleurs

floral decoupage
my mother’s last –
mixed emotions




découpage de fleurs
l’ultime de ma mère –
je suis en émoi

Richard Vallance

I now have this lovely decoupage in my hallway, the last my mother, Agnes Vallance Janke, ever made in 1995 before she passed away on August 18, 1997.  


spring haiga de printemps – surfing in waves = déferlant en vagues 

surfing in waves
by the forest path
trilliums bloom




déferlant en vagues 
près du sentier du bois
les trilles fleurissent

Richard Vallance

photo by Richard Vallance, May 2019

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