Tag Archive: beauty



senryu – will you look at that! = il faut le voir !

will you look at that!
my norwegian forest cat –
his eyes mesmerize

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il faut le voir !
mon chat forestier norvégien –
ses yeux hypnotisent 

Richard Vallance


Photos of Norwegian Forest Cats who look almost exactly like Lorenzo:

While my new Norwegian Forest Cat mix, Lorenzo, is hiding under my bed, because I just got him and cannot take photos of him yet, still I found 3 photos of Norwegian Forest Cats which look strikingly like him. He is absolutely stunning! He is 2 1/2 years old and like almost all Norwegian Forest Cats, he does not meow but chirrups like a bird.  Here they are:

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spring haiku de printemps – Argentée poses = Argentée pose

Argentée poses,
pretty as she pleases –
no one’s April fool

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Argentée pose
comme elle se voit jolie –
poisson d’avril ? ... non !

Richard Vallance

in loving memory of Argentée = à la mémoire précieuse d’Argentée

senryu – a lovely man = un bel homme REVISED


senryu – a lovely man = un bel homme revised révisé

a lovely man
is a jewel in the crown
if his heart is fair

a lovely man senryu


un bel homme
est un bijou de la couronne
si son coeur est juste

Richard Vallance


Why do I write so many haiku? 

Why do I write so many haiku

To put it in the simplest terms I can, because I am so deeply inspired by the astounding beauty of our country, Canada. Being Canadian, I am naturally always moved by the vastness of the natural world in Canada. But that is not all. That is why the vast majority of my haiku are, in a word, uniquely Canadian. Of course, I also write haiku about other places in the world, as well as senryu. I am prolific in haiku, simply because I love them, no matter who writes them, so long as they are beautifully composed. I also published a quarterly haiku journal, Canadian Zen Haiku canadiens, ISSN 1705-4508, from 2004-2010.

Canadian Zen Haiku quarterly

As it so happens, I have been a natural-born poet most of my adult life. I used to write hundreds of sonnets, and I even published a multi-lingual international sonnet anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, which features some 200 sonneteers and poets from around the world.

So you see, poetry, and above all haiku, comes so naturally that it is second-nature to me.  


The pristine beauty of Canada. Lac Philippe. Only 40 km. outside Ottawa, the Capital City:

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The most beautiful and one of the most peaceful countries on Earth. The entire country looks like this! Impressive eh!

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