Category: Poetry



winter haiku d'hiver – all the wolves howl = tous les loups hurlent 





how the wolves howl
in a choir, off to the chase –
how the elk wails!

que les loups hurlent
en choeur, à la chasse  –
que l'élan gémit !

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – the silvern moon = la lune argentée





the silvern moon
plays on our snow swept fields –
come we'll share the hearth!

la lune argentée
illumine nos champs en neige  –
viens vers le foyer !

Richard Vallance

* “silvern” is a neologism coined by my fellow haijin and dear friend, Ellie Brown.

photo public domain


senryu – Buddha replies zen = Bouddha répond, zen  





Buddha replies, zen
is forever now alone
in the cat's eyes

Bouddha répond, zen
est le présent éternel
seul aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance

photo public domainThe smallest feline is a masterpiece”.Le chat est un chef-d'oeuvre”.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)



winter haiku d'hiver = woven on the rose = tissée sur la rose

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woven on the rose
the economy of snow
leaves her room to bloom

tissée sur la rose
l'économie de la neige
la laisse fleurir

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



micropoem 4 lines/ micropoème 4 lignes – love birds = les colombes = le colombe

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love birds
mourning the loss
of the rose
of Eden

les colombes
pleurent la perte
de la rose
d'Éden

le colombe
piangono la perdita
della rosa
dell'Eden

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku d'automne – our souls incensed = nos âmes furieuses

November 11 Remembrance Day = le 11 novembre le  jour de 'Armistice





our souls incensed
we're up in arms... again!
the dove in flames

nos âmes furieuses
nous nous massacrons ... encore !
la colombe en flammes

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


senryu – shattered dreams = les rêves brisés = sogni rotti





shattered dreams
shattered mirror
shattered soul

les rêves brisés
le miroir cassé
l'âme brisée

sogni rotti
lo specchio rotto
l'anima rotta

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku – if you are in tears = si tu es en larmes





for Barbara Harris and the whole Harris family. Barbara
passed away November 6 2019. Judy Harris, Barbara's
daughter-in-law, is my first cousin. 

if you are in tears
tears are roses in the rain
weeping dew

Richard Vallance

pour Barbara Harris et toute la famille Harris. Barabara est
décédée le 6 novembre 2019Harris, la belle-fille de Barbara,
est ma cousine germaine

si tu es en larmes
tes larmes les roses dans la pluie
versent la rosée

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – if a single tear = si une seule larme


senryu – if a single tear = si une seule larme






if a single tear
could drown the world's sorrows
I'd shed torrents

si une seule larme
noit la misère du monde
j'en verse des torrents

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

basé sur ce beau poème par par Naima Bourhim

Si une larme de mes yeux tomber...
Pouvait noyer la misère dans le monde...
J'en verserai des torrents pour l'inonder . 

Translated into English:

If one tear falling from my eyes could drown the world's sorrows I would shed torrents to drown them.

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why say?
you are in our prayers – say
we are the light

pourquoi dire ?
vous êtes dans nos prières - dites
nous sommes la lumière

Richard Vallance

Bahá'í logo for world religions = le logo des Bahá'í des religions du monde

To my mind, there are really no religions, there is only God and ourselves. So we do not need to pray, because we are in essence prayer. To love God and to love one another is the only thing that matters.

Selon moi, il n'y a pas de religions, il y a seulement Dieu et nous-mêmes. Donc nous n'avons pas besoin de prier, parce que nous sommes essentiellement la prière. La seule chose qui compte, c'est d'aimer Dieu et les uns les autres.  



autumn haiku d'automne – a sparrow = un moineau = un passero

in English, French, Italian and Latin




a sparrow
with a broken wing -
freezing rain

un moineau
une aile cassée  -
verglas

un passero
con un'ala rotta -
pioggia fredda

passer
ala fracta -
imber frigus

Pronounce the Latin like Italian.

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – thistles on the heath = chardons sur la lande





thistles on the heath
where the wind always whistles
to the airs of clouds

chardons sur la lande
où le vent siffle toujours
aux voix des nuages

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku = raindrops = les gouttes de pluie




raindrops
on maple leaves  
frozen in time

les gouttes de pluie
sur les feuilles d'érables
gelées dans le temps

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – the horse gallops off = le cheval galope





the horse gallops off
into the field at dawn
minus Roy Rogers 

le cheval galope
vers le champ à l'aube
sans Roy Rogers

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

summer haiku d'été – the unruffled swan = le cygne serein





Zen

the unruffled swan
paddles around the lake – 
we're all google-eyed 

le cygne serein
nage sereinement sur le lac – 
nous niaiseux

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Broadbent

from Heinrich Heine 

"The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood."

senryu – insanely cute =  tellement mignon =  così carino




this boy
is so insanely cute
I'm gonna pass ou ... ...

ce garçon
est tellement mignon
que je m'évan ... ... 

questo ragazzo
è così carino – 
mi sento sveni... ...


Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d'automne - red leaves = feuilles rouges




red leaves their ballet
swirling down the matte fence -
twirling tours en l'air *

* ballet term: literally 'turn in the air') a jump with a full rotation in the air,
here in the plural = jumps with a full rotation in the air 

feuilles rouges
ballet sur la clôture matte  -
tours rapides en l'air

* terminologie de ballet: littéralement 'tout dans l'air') un saut à pleine rotation dans l'air, soit au plural dans ce cas =  des sauts à pleine rotation dans l'air

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Broadbent 2019

winter haiku – look... a woodpecker = voilà qu'un pic




the woodpecker staccato hammer

le pic marteau piqué

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku d'été - the kingfisher = la martin pêcheur




the kingfisher
skirts the reedy shoreline
slighting shrill loons

le martin pêcheur
suit la rive et s'en fout
des huards criards

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku d'automne – a golden spell = ce charme doré 




a golden spell
haunts maple leaves
without a sound

ce charme doré
hante les feuilles d'érable
sans aucun son

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Broadbent (All Rights Reserved = Tous droits réservés)

from this quote by Richard Broadbent
 
"The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power."

~ Northern Advocate ~
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