Tag Archive: Canadian haiku



autumn haiku d'automne – the wild rice moon = la lune du riz sauvage




the wild rice moon silvers us all
her loons we trill

la lune du riz sauvage nous argente tous
ses huards qui hurlons 

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The Wild Rice moon is the lunar cycle moon roughly corresponding to September. The verb “argenter” , which means “to make silver” is a neologism in French.

La Lune du riz sauvage est la lune du cycle lunaire qui correspond à peu près au mois solaire de septembre. Le verbe “argenter”, ce qui signifie “rendre argenté” est un néologisme en français.


summer haiku d'été – my plumage in the rain = mon plumage dans la pluie




this is me
my plumage in the rain
burble burble

oui c'est moi
mon plumage dans la pluie
glougoule

questo sono io
il piume sotto la poggia
glu glu glu


Richard Vallance

photo public domain



winter haiku d'hiver – poor wee bird = pet't oiseau triste




poor wee bird
pelted by freezing rain  –
blind-sided
  
pet't oiseau triste
frappé par le verglas –
quasi aveuglé

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Noel Strauven



summer haiku d'été – thunderheads = nuages d'orage




thunderheads
brewing on the horizon –
our sails quaver

nuages d'orage
qui s'amassent à l'horizon – 
nos voiles frémissent

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Robert Horrobin




autumn haiku d'automne – a fading rose = une rose fanée




a fading rose
wilts in the rain –
do you share her tears?

une rose fanée
flétrit dans la pluie –
partages-tu ses larmes ?

Richard Vallance 

Photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019


environmental summer haiku environnemental – the last bee = la dernière abeille




the last bee
pollinates the last rose
the last queen dead

la dernière abeille
féconde la dernière rose
la dernière reine morte

Richard Vallance

We are killing off the bees!


autumn haiku d'automne – a white crow = un corbeau blanc




a white crow
sheds a feather in the rain –
fresh watercolour

un corbeau blanc
perd une plume dans la pluie -
aquarelle fraîche

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku d'été – fawn surprised = faon surpris




fawn surprised
by my off-the-cuff photo
licks my hand

faon surpris
par ma photo impromptue
lèche ma main

Richard Vallance

photo © by Régis Auffray 2019


autumn haiku – in the pouring rain = dans une averse




in the pouring rain
a shivering stray cat
hides in garbage

dans une averse
un chat égaré tremblant
se cache dans les ordures

Richard Vallance


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




maple leaves
drenched by cold rain
bathe themselves in tears

feuilles d'érable
trempées par la pluie froide
sont baignées de larmes

foglie d'acero
sotto la pioggia
sono in lacrime

Richard Vallance



autumn haiku d'automne – torrents of rain = torrents de pluie




torrents of rain
on maple leaves
and me too!

torrents de pluie
sur les  feuilles d'érable
et moi aussi !

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance, September = septembre 2019


winter haiku d'hiver – the silver moon = la lune argentée = luna d'argento




silver moon
silver snow
silver wolves

la lune argentée
la neige argentée
des loups argentés

luna d'argento
neve d'argento
lupi d'argento

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – the great horned-owl = le grand duc d'Amérique




winter haiku d'hiver – the great horned-owl = le grand duc d'Amérique

the great horned-owl
swoops in the snow and alights –
see him blink?

le grand duc d'Amérique
descend vite et atterrit –
le vois-tu cligner ?
 
Richard Vallance

artwork, paddle, in the metro station, Rideau Centre, Ottawa 
oeuvre d'art, pagaie, dans la station du métro, le Centre Rideau, Ottawa   

summer haiku d'été – there on the bench = là sur le banc = lì in panchina




there on the bench
a bouquet of flowers
a little boy kisses 

là sur le banc
un bouquet de fleurs
qu'un garçon baise

lì in panchina
un mazzo di fiori...
un bambino li bacia

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Vallance 



summer haiku d’été – the silver moon = la lune argentée

the silver moon
illuminates this lake
where thrilled loons trill




la lune argentée
illumine ce lac
où trillent les huards

Richard Vallance

illustration:
artwork in the Rideau station of the Ottawa LRT, capital of Canada
oeuvre d'art dans la station Rideau du TRL d'Ottawa, la capitale du Canada


summer haiku d'été – a racoon peers = un raton laveur regarde

a racoon peers
through a wire fence 
pleading for love 




un raton laveur regarde
à travers une clôture
implorant l'amour
 
Richard Vallance   

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – there in the snow = là dans la neige 

there in the snow
the wolf stares me down
his eyes the cold moon 




là dans la neige 
le loup son regard fixe
ses yeux la lune froide

Richard Vallance  


autumn haiku d'automne – fall flickers = l'automne scintille 




fall flickers
on maple leaves –
come... whisper adieu

l'automne scintille
sur les feuilles d'érable –
viens ... susurre adieu

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2017


summer haiku d' été – slipping in the mud = glissant dans la boue = nel fangoli




slipping in the mud
a pig grunts in ecstasy...
do I stink too? 

glissant dans la boue
un cochon grogne en extase ...
est-ce que je pue ?

nel fangoli
un maiale in estasi ...
anche puzzo? 

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 


summer haiku d'été – the nostalgic cries = les cris nostalgiques




the nostalgic cries
of wild ducks
lend voice to sorrow

les cris nostalgiques
des canards sauvages
révèlent la tristesse

Richard Vallance

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