Tag Archive: Canadian



spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads = têtes de violon

fiddleheads
in the forested hills –
andante breeze

fiddleheads 620

têtes de violon
sur les collines forestières –
brise andante

Richard Vallance

Fiddleheads are native to Canada. They taste like spinach. They thrive in the Gatineau Hills just outside Ottawa and the Outaouais.

Les têtes de violon sont endémiques au Canada. Elles ont le goût des épinards. Elles prospèrent sur les collines de la région du Gatineau proches d’Ottawa et de l’Outaouais.


autumn haiku d’automne – aureate sunset = coucher du soleil

aureate sunset
in the folds of clouds
where geese drift by

Tom Thomson Round Lake, Mud Bay - fall 1915 fold in the ksy 620

coucher du soleil
parmi les plis des nuages
où les oies s’éloignent

Richard Vallance

painting, Round Lake, Mud Bay, fall 1915, by Tom Thomson (1877-1917)

peinture, Round Lake, Mud Bay, automne 1915, par Tom Thomson
( 1877-1917 ) 

Canadian Spirit Voices


Canadian Spirit Voices

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On Spirit Lake the voices flew 
across the coves where forests grew, 
tossing the fragrance of the sun 
over the pines where spirits run. 
Where spirits ran, they run today, 
ancestors' voices up the spruce, 
where paddlers camp but never stay 
where eagles eye the rummaging moose, 
where wolves and bears are born again 
only to see their spring cubs slain, 
where we encamped and they stormed in 
and killed the last of our last kin. 
    Can you imagine what a surprise 
    when they see clarity in our dark eyes? 

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – shooting stars = des étoiles filantes


summer haiku – shooting stars = des étoiles filantes

shooting stars
streak over our campsite –
fireflies our wee stars

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des étoiles filantes
survolent le site de camping  – 
lucioles nos étoiles

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – striking Canoe Lake = sur le Lac Canoe

striking Canoe Lake
lightning springs to life
from your oil palette

tom thomson 1915 - lightning, canoe lake, 1915 620

sur le Lac Canoe
quel coup d’éclair né
de ta palette

Richard Vallance 

spring haiku de printemps – ravens = corbeaux


spring haiku de printemps – ravens = corbeaux

ravens in flight,
ravens on totem poles,
rainforest tricksters 

totem pole620

corbeaux en vol
et sur les mâts totémiques,
filoux forestiers

Richard Vallance

In the Amerindian culture of the Pacific west coast Haida, tricksters are awfully naughty clowns essential to any contact with the sacred. 

Dans la culture amérindienne des Haidas du littoral pacifique, les filoux sont des clowns vilains essentiels dans toute communication avec le monde sacré.  



spring haiku de printemps – raven = corbeau

her raven chicks
huddled in her nest – 
mummy preens herself

raven chicks620

ses poussins
qui partagent son nid –
maman lisse ses plumes

Richard Vallance


Our PINTEREST board, Canadian haiku canadiens, now has 130 pins! 

Click on the graphic for the board to go there, and join if you like.

canadian haiku canadiens 130 pins 04012019

Why do I write so many haiku?


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.  


wildlife – summer haiku d’été - the living montage = le montage en vie

our lasting wildlife
passing through summer,
this living montage

living montage 620

la faune chez nous
qui passe tout l’été,
ce montage en vie

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – fiddleheads =têtes de violon 

fiddleheads
in a rain shower –
water music

fiddleheads haiku

têtes de violon 
dans la pluie légère –
« water music »

Richard Vallance

- based on the Water Music suite by George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).
Fiddleheads blossom in late April and early May in Canada.
- basé sur le « Water Music » par George Frederick Handel (1685-1759).
Au Canada les têtes de violon fleurissent vers la fin d’avril et au début de mai.   


haiku d’été − Canadian spirit voices = voix des esprits canadiens

listening for
Canadian spirit voices −
loons in flight

loons in flight haiku

à l’écoute des voix
des esprits canadiens −
huards en vol

Richard Vallance


Canadian winter haiku de l’hiver canadien - the reflection = le reflet

the reflection
in the icicle arrow -
wendigo

wendigoicicle

le reflet
dans la flèche du glaçon -
wendigo

Richard Vallance

new PINTEREST group, Canadian haikus canadiens


new PINTEREST group, Canadian haikus canadiens

Canadian haikus canadiens620


where you will find absolutely all of the haiku I have written right up to date. So if you are a member of PINTEREST, I sincerely hope you will follow this wonderful group, in which all of the haiku are posted by season, spring, summer, autumn and winter. To date (December 3 2018), there are 44 haiku here. I shall add each and every haiku I compose to the group.

Thanks!

Richard


In Memoriam Joe Ruggier, Canadian poet and poetry publisher:

It is with the greatest regret that we announce the passing of Joe Ruggier on July 8 2018, Canadian poet and poetry publisher, based out of Richmond, B.C.

obituaryJoe

To put my professional relationship with Joe Ruggier into proper context, it is needful for me to clarify that before I started specializing in Mycenaean Linear B linguistics in 2013, subsequent to my unforgettable trip to Greece and Knossos, Crete, in May 2012, I was a poet over decades, and colleague of Joe Ruggier. Two of Joe Ruggier’s scores and scores of highly memorable sonnets, so many of which he dedicated to his belovèd daughter, Sarah, “Stellar Moonrise” (pg. 51), based on John Keat’s stunning masterpiece,“Bright Star” (pg. 51), both here:

Bright Star and Stellar moonrise
 
and “love-sonnet, where shall a body run?” (pg. 94)

love sonnet

were published in international, multilingual sonnet anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes = Le Phénix renaissant de ces cendres (251 pp.), published  in 2013 by Richard Vallance Janke, Editor-in- Chief, which you can download here

Phoenix Rising from the Ashes


NOTE that the print font size online is very small, but if you download the book, the font increases to normal 10 point size.

In addition to publishing his own poetry and that of hundreds of other well-known and upcoming international poets in his prestigious annual journal, The Eclectic Muse:

Eclectic Muse

Joe Ruggier has himself been widely published in several prominent international poetry e-zines and journals, including Poetry Life and Times:
PL&T

PL&T Wikipedia

The Deronda Review:

Deronda Review

among many many others.

Joe Ruggier has for decades run his own publishing house, Mbooks of BC (Multicultural Books of British Columbia):

MbooksBC

which has published a highly impressive roster of no fewer than 32 poetry books over the years. Here is an excerpt of a number of these books:

MbooksofBC



Canada, one of the most amazing and most peaceful countries in the world!

Of all the countries in the world, Canada surely ranks as one of the most beautiful. Canada is the second largest country in the world, covering 4,000 kilometres coast to coast, or 10 % of the circumference of the earth. Our population is a mere 36,000,000, making us one of the least populated countries in the world. China is fourth, with 2 billion inhabitants! But what really makes us stand out is our rank among the top most peaceful countries in the world! We rank 7th. or 8th. all the time, twice even coming in ahead of Switzerland! See the figures below:

First set:

Canada 7 and 8 most peaceful

Second set:

Canada 8 most peaceful versus USA 114

Notice that on the last chart in the second set, Canada ranks eighth and the United States 114! This is because guns are an absolute, hotly contested and irrevocable right in the USA, this situation running counter to all the basic principles of democracy, and accounting for their crime and murder rates, which is 10 times per capita greater than Canadas, where acquiring guns is merely a privilege, as in most democratic nations, not a right by law.

God has surely blessed a very few nations on earth, and we are among the select few.


scenes from Ottawa, Ontario, the capital Canada, one of the most beautiful cities and countries in the world! Our population is 1,000,000, making us the fifth largest city in Canada. Many people compare Ottawa to Geneva.

The first photo is a general view of Ottawa:

downtown Ottawa

The next two photos are of the Parliament Buildings:

Parliament buildings from the Ottawa River

Parliament buildings at night

The next two photos are of the stunning Rideau Canal in summer:

Ottawa Rideau canal nighta

Ottawa Rideau Canal nightb

The last photo is of the green belt and Dows Lake:

Ottawa Dow's Lake

 


Our site moderator, Richard Vallance Janke, April 30 2017


Richard Vallance Janke April 30 2017



Unkind

in commemoration of the savage attack on a Muslim mosque
in Quebec City, Sunday, January 29, 2017

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3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you,
rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 
4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times
come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” 

Luke 17: 3-4


Is humankind so kind or so unkind
we have embraced and have abandoned love
we harmonized ... or despotize to blind
ourselves to pitying the mourning dove? —
or mob ourselves with xenophobic crime? —
and chase our dreams but chase them all away? —
We pillorize our neighbours half the time,
while terrorizing those for whom we pray.
Come on! What, come again?  Can you explain
why our religion has to reign supreme,
while theirs and yours must suffer mindless pain
to kill our worlds that no one can redeem. 
     Excuse me, God... Hey, do You give a damn
     as we expose our souls to another scam?


Richard Vallance,


January 30, 2017


Attack on Mosque, Quebec City an act of vile, barbaric & senseless violence!

At least 6 people were killed, 5 critically injured and 3 more injured in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City during evening prayers, police said. Gunmen fired on about 50 people inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday at 8 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT).

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mosque-attack-quebec-reutersSix people are confirmed dead - they range in age from 35 to about 70, Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told reporters, adding that eight people were wounded and 39 were unharmed. Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack. The mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui,was not inside the mosque at the time of the shooting. He received frantic calls from worshippers.
He said, “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric.”

Comment by Richard Vallance Janke:

As a Canadian in a peace-loving and highly tolerant country such as Canada (quite unlike the United States with its xenophobic president, Donald Trump, at whose doorstep we can lay part of the blame!), I am utterly horrified and shocked at the act of vile, barbaric, senseless, violent murderous attack on a Muslim mosque in Quebec City, around 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017. Words cannot describe my horror or that of almost all 36 million Canadians at this savage act of terror! I urge and implore all who visit Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae to tag this post with LIKE and to reblog it, as well as to retweet it on your twitter accounts! I dissolved in tears this morning when I woke up to hear of this vile act of terrorism. Here are two photos from the night of the attack:

mosque-attack-quebec-city-29012017-photos


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