Tag Archive: Canadian haiku



summer haiku d’été – the rose on the wall = la rose sur le mur

the rose on the wall
suddenly cries out,oh windless wind!”




la rose sur le mur
crie subitement,
« quel vent sans vent ! » 

Richard Vallance

for/ pour Colette Genest


summer haiku d’été – seagulls = trop de mouettes

so many seagulls
swarm his boat
the fisherman cusses



trop de mouettes
encerclent son bâteau –
le pêcheur sacre

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the stallion = l’étalon

the stallion
on lightning hooves
outstrips thunder




l’étalon
aux sabots d’éclair
dépasse le tonnerre

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the fresh breeze = la brise fraîche

the fresh breeze
running through your hair
my lover beau!





la brise fraîche
effleure tes cheuveux
mon bel amoureux !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – a train whips past = un train en vitesse

a train whips past
a string of silos –
doppler effect




un train en vitesse
dépasse plusieurs silos –
l’effet doppler

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver - snow and smoke = la neige et la fumée

snow and smoke
trailing after the train
dust the forest hills




écoulées du train
la neige et la fumée
couvrent la forêt

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge


summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge

the red, red rose
I cup in your hands  –
the blush on your cheeks




la rose si rouge
que je mets dans tes mains –
tes joues roses

Richard Vallance


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
 

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
 

summer haiku – a flash of lightning = un seul éclair
 
a flash of lightning
thunder rumbles in the sky
the sweet scent of rain




un seul éclair
le tonnerre gronde dans le ciel
le parfum de la pluie

Régis Auffray

translated into French/ traduit en français par Richard Vallance 

spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée


spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée

HRH Argentée
on her forest path  –
queen of trilliums




SAR Argentée
sur son sentier forestier  –
la reine des trilles

Richard Vallance

HRH Argentée, my gorgeous Maine Coon mix, died on March 14 2019, just one month short of her 16th. birthday. She walked on a leash all over Ottawa and the Gatineaux Hills some 1,200 times in her life. Her ashes box is inscribed, Libre Esprit (Free Spirit). I miss her terribly!

SAR Argentée, ma Maine Coon mixte super belle, est morte le 14 mars 2019, seulement un mois avant son 16ìeme anniversaire. Elle marchait au moins 1.200 fois à la laisse pendant se vie à Ottawa et parmi les Collines du Gatineax. Sa boîte funéraire est inscrite, Libre Esprit. Elle me manque tellement. 


summer haiku – are you flowers = êtes-vous des fleurs

are these flowers
or an alien face?
see with your own eyes 




êtes-vous des fleurs
ou un visage extraterrestre ?
vois avec tes yeux
 
Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – a deer and her fawn = la biche et son faon

a deer and her fawn
on the river heights –
no wolves in sight 




la biche et son faon
sur l’éminence du fleuve –
pas de loups en vue

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the pigeon’s shadow = l’ombre du pigeon

the pigeon’s shadow
on scorching concrete...
footsies ow ow!

l’ombre du pigeon
sur le béton brûlant ...
ses pieds ouille !




Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – in the cold fog = dans le brouillard froid

who is rowing
in the cold fog?
a revenant? 




qui rame
dans le brouillard froid ?
un revenant ?

Richard Vallance

painting by Anne Packard


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


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

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

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

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