Tag Archive: Canadian haiku



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 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."

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 ~

autumn haiku d'automne - the hunter's full moon = ... la lune du chasseur




5-7-5

the hunter's full moon
over the wilderness lake -
faint watercolours

la pleine lune du chasseur
survole le lac forestier -
aquarelles fanées

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The hunter's moon is the Algonquin name for the October moon.
La pleine du chasseur, c'est le nom algonquin de la lune d'octobre.


summer haiku – a dead crow = un corbeau mort


summer haiku – a dead crow = un corbeau mort




a dead crow
by the gravel road
struck by a stone

un corbeau mort
sur la route de gravier
frappé par une pierre

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

I simply adore crows. They are so smart. J'adore tellement les corbeaux. Ils sont si intelligents.



winter haiku d'hiver – the bounty hunter = le chasseur de primes




the bounty hunter
snares a wight fox pup
snapped in half

le chasseur de primes
piège un chiot renard blanc
craqué en deux 

Richard Vallance

NOTE: I fully realize that haiku such as this one probably disgust some of you folks, but I am trying to wake you up to human cruelty and our destruction of wildlife.

Je me rends compte du fait que des haiku tels que celui-ci peuvent écoureur plusieurs parmi vous, mais je tente de vous réveiller à la cruauté humaine et à notre destruction de la faune sauvage.


winter haiku d'hiver = the snowy owl = l'harfang des neiges = il gufo delle neve





the snowy owl calls the moon to his eyes

l'harfang des neiges appelle la lune à ses yeux

il gufo delle nevi chiama la luna ai suoi occhi

Richard Vallance

photo pubic domain


summer haiku d'été – the village fountain = the fontaine du village




in the pouring rain
the village fountain
where a bluebird frolics

là dans l'averse
la fontaine du village
où joue un merle bleu

Richard Vallance



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




maple leaves
swept by the the storm –
blurred vision 

feuilles d'érable
balayées par la tempête  –
vision floue

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – plovers dash = les pluviers filent


summer haiku – plovers dash =  les pluviers filent




plovers dash
over the sun-dashed sands –
razzle-dazzle

les pluviers filent
sur les sables ensoleillés –
qu'ils m'éblouissent ! 

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d'hiver – the drowsy gopher = la marmotte somnolente




the drowsy gopher
peers at his shadow –
off to beddie bye 

la marmotte somnolente
voit sa silhouette –
zut ! il faut cuver

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

summer haiku – the hummingbird = le colibri


summer haiku – the hummingbird = le colibri 




the hummingbird
buzzed on nectar
her rose's fine wine

le colibri 
aviné par le nectar
le vin de sa rose

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 


autumn haiku – maple leaves = les feuilles d'érable




maple leaves
disperse the sun
in rainbows

les feuilles d'érable
dispersent le soleil
en arcs-en-ciel

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d'automne – an early frost = un gel imprévu

in/ en 2 versions/ en 2 versioni





an early frost
bids the rose adieu
is it afraid?

an early frost
bids the rose adieu
who is afraid?  

un gel imprévu
salue la rose adieu
a-t-elle peur ?

un gel imprévu
salue la rose adieu
qui a peur ?

un gelo precoce
dice addio alla rosa
ha paura?

un gelo precoce
dice addio alla rosa
chi ha paura?

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d'automne – follow me = me suis-tu




follow me on my moon paws sexy stray

me suis-tu sur mes pattes lunaires chat errant sexy ?

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

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