Category: Poetry



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


senryu – hair curled up = cheveux bouclés

hair swept up,
this lad’s a knockout!
kiss his bow tie!




cheveux bouclés,
ce garçon est si chic !
quel papillon !

Richard Vallance



senryu – all agog = tous en émoi

all agog 
kitties in love
all freaked out




tous en émoi
l’amour des chats 
tous flippés

Richard Vallance


senryu – cat and mouse! my kitty = mon chat

my kitty

chasing my mouse

pointer

 

 

mon chat

qui chasse sur l’écran

le pointeur de souis

Richard Vallance

 

variant, inspired by the funny senryu by David Batta:

fruit fly –

afraid of my mouse

pointer


spring haiku de printemps – spring flooding = inondation 

spring flooding
over waves of sand –
the artist?


inondation 
de printemps, vagues de sable  –
qui est l’artiste ?

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – yellow hibiscus = hibiscus jaune

yellow hibiscus
by the lanai –
sunlit dew




hibiscus jaune
près de la véranda –
rosée au soleil

Richard Vallance


senryu – damn spammers = polluposteurs maudits

damn spammers 
on Facebook!
Dracula blushes




polluposteurs maudits
à Facebook !
Dracule rougit

Richard Vallance

senryu – a bald eagle = l’aigle d’Amérique


senryu - a bald eagle = l’aigle d’Amérique

that bald eagle
wearing a russet wig -
don’t dare laugh!




l’aigle d’Amérique
qui porte une perruque -
tu n’oses pas rire !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été = a stream of sunlight = tout ensoleillé

a stream of sunlight
framed in the bay window
glossing my cat’s fur




lustré par le soleil
à travers la baie vitrée
le poil de mon chat

Richard Vallance

haiku d’été – perched in a tree = perchés dans l’arbre

perched high in the tree
a murder of squawking crows –
goofy guffaws




perchés dans l’arbre
plusieurs corbeaux stridents –
comme ils gloussent !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été - chirping in the grass = elle stridule dans l’herbe

chirping in the grass
the iridescent grasshopper -
a warm day’s rondeau




elle stridule dans l’herbe,
la sauterelles iridescente  -
rondeau d’un jour chaud

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – my Tuxedo cat = mon chat Tuxedo

my Tuxedo cat,
fur fluttering in the wind –
easy breezy boy

Tuxedo colours

mon chat Tuxedo,
son poil flottant au vent –
garçon débonnaire

Richard Vallance

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