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senryu – look I’m a cat = zut ! je suis un chat


senryu – look I'm a cat = zut ! je suis un chat






look I'm a cat
how dare you ask, are you wise?
I'll give you a cuff

zut ! je suis un chat
me demandes-tu, es-tu sage ?
je te gifle

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance



summer haiku d'été - see the cat sashay =  voilà le chat





how the cat flounces
over the cumulus cloud -
she'll never fall through

voilà le chat
qui bondit sur le nuage -
elle en chute ? jamais

Richard Vallance

photo public domainI believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” (Jules Verne 1850-1905)

" Je crois que les chats sont des esprits venus sur terre. Le chat, j'en suis convaincu, pourrait marcher sur un nuage. " ( Jules Verne 1850-1905 )


autumn haiku d'automne – who am  I? = qui suis-je ? = chi sono?




who am I?
kitty Tuxedo owl?
who gives a hoot? 

qui suis-je ?
chat hibou Tuxedo ?
ou où hululer ?

chi sono?
gatto Tuxedo gufo?
chi gufa gufa?


Richard Vallance


summer haiku – a surfeit of kits = mais quel bouquet





a surfeit of kits?
skunks as cute as buttons –
subtle perfume

mais quel bouquet !
ces mouffettes si mignonnes –
parfum subtil

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The following terms apply to skunks: “surfeit” is a group of skunks; “kits” or kittens are the babies.






senryu – Buddha replies zen = Bouddha répond, zen


senryu – Buddha replies zen = Bouddha répond, zen  





Buddha replies, zen
is forever now alone
in the cat's eyes

Bouddha répond, zen
est le présent éternel
seul aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance

photo public domainThe smallest feline is a masterpiece”.Le chat est un chef-d'oeuvre”.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)



double senryu – in the cat's eyes = aux yeux du chat + in our human eyes = aux yeux des humains




in the cat's eyes
a universe
of silver suns

aux yeux du chat
un univers
de soleils d'argent

un gatto vede
un universo
di soli d'argento




in our human eyes
a universe
of black holes

aux yeux des humains
un univers
de trous noirs

un umano vede
un universo
di buchi neri

Richard Vallance

photos public domain

autumn haiku – in the pouring rain = dans une averse


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


senryu – kitty TV = télé pour le chat = TV del gatto




kitty TV
the living room window –
bird-brain
 
télé pour le chat  
la fenêtre du salon –
tête de linotte

TV del gatto
nella finestra –
gatto sciocco

Richard Vallance
  

senryu – vaping kittie = chat qui vapote


senryu – vaping kittie = chat qui vapote




vaping kittie
space cadet  –
your eyes out of whack

chat qui vapote
cadet de l'espace –
tes yeux détraqués

gatto svapando
cadetto spaziale -
gli occhi fuori fase

Richard Vallance

image cushion at my place = coussin chez moi


summer haiku d'été – blue Maine Coon = Maine Coon bleu




blue Maine Coon
before the blue picket fence – 
sea-green eyes

Maine Coon bleu
devant la palissade bleue –
yeux verts moirés

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku – the queen shuffles on = la chatte s'en va




the queen shuffles on
her kitten in her jaws
in a cold downpour

la chatte s'en va
son chaton à la mâchoire
dans une averse froide

Richard Vallance

senryu – Silhouette


senryu – Silhouette

Silhouette
God's Tuxedo miracle –
boy she knows it!




Silhouette
le miracle Tuxedo de Dieu – 
et elle le sait !

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019

  

senryu – Tuxedo cat = chat Tuxedo


senryu – Tuxedo cat = chat Tuxedo

Tuxedo cat 
so fluffy
achoo! 




chat Tuxedo
au poil si soyeux
achoo !

Richard Vallance


senryu – green-eyed Maine Coon = Maine Coon aux yeux verts

green-eyed Maine Coon,
you wee fluffer angel
coddled in my arms




Maine Coon aux yeux verts,
petit un ange doux
couvé dans mes mains

Richard Vallance

senryu – every cat = tout les chats


senryu – every cat = tout les chats

every cat
has his day... and *
catches today 



tous les chats
ont leur jour... et 
attrapent aujourd’hui

Richard Vallance

* Usually, ending a line with a conjunction is a bad idea in a haiku, but I think it works here with the pause preceding, giving pause for thought. Please advise. 

International Cat Day, August 8 = le Jour international des chats, le 8 août 


senryu - my kitty boo boos = ma chatte fait un bobo

my kitty boo boos -
she quaffs wine from a saucer
hangover




ma chatte fait un bobo -
elle boit du vin d’une soucoupe
gueule de bois

Richard Vallance

photo by/ par Richard Vallance © 2019


Happy Birthday, Silhouette, my sweet Tuxedo cat, age 2, July 29 2019!













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
 

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. 


senryu – cat and mouse! my kitty = mon chat

my kitty

chasing my mouse

pointer

 

 

mon chat

qui chasse sur l’écran

le pointeur de souis

Richard Vallance

 

variant, inspired by the funny senryu by David Batta:

fruit fly –

afraid of my mouse

pointer

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