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senryu – flight 302 = le vol 302


senryu – flight 302 = le vol 302

flight 302
splattered in a field–
a child’s sneaker

flight 302 childs sneaker 620

le vol 302
s’écrase dans un champ –
soulier d’un enfant

Richard Vallance


What a horrifying tragedy! It is a good thing Boeing 737 Max 8 planes have been grounded worldwide. I would not fly in one if my life depended on it!

Quelle tragédie horrifiante ! Heureusement, on a mis à terre tous les avions Boeing 737 Max 8 à travers le monde entier. Moi, je n’irais jamais en avion dans celui-ci si ma vie en dépendait.

senryu – Maine Coon, Argentée


senryu – Maine Coon, Argentée

Maine Coon, Argentée,
you’ve passed away in peace –
your spirit meows

Argentee libre espirt 620

Maine Coon, Argentée,
toi, trépassée en paix –
ton esprit miaule

Richard Vallance

Today, March 14 2019, Argentée was euthanized at 6:40 p.m., just 1 month short of her 16 birthday. She passed away in utter peace, not suffering in the least.

Aujourd’hui, le 14 mars 2019,  on a euthanisé  Argentée à dix-hit heures quarante, un peu moins qu’un mois avant son seizième anniversaire.  Elle est morte en paix pure, sans la moindre souffrance.


winter haiku d’hiver – in swirling snow = tourbillons de neige

in swirling snow
the chickadee dies asleep –  
wings forever sealed

chickadee dies 620

tourbillons de neige –
la mésange endormie meurt –
ailes à jamais closes

Richard Vallance

senryu – vampire wolf = loup vampire


senryu – vampire wolf = loup vampire

vampire wolf
in your worst nightmares!
all bloody hell!

vampire wolf 620

loup vampire
dans vos pires cauchemars !
l’enfer du sang !

Richard Vallance


senryu – I feel you fade = je te vois glisser

I feel you fade
into the mists of time –
are you my ghost?

mists of time 620

je te vois glisser
vers le brouillard du temps  –
es-tu mon fantôme ?

Richard Vallance


funny senryu rigolo – her boa constrictor = son boa constricteur

her boa constrictor
yawning on her couch,
bored half to death...

boa constrictor yawning 620

son boa constricteur
qui baille sur son divan
s’ennuie à mourir ... 

Richarsd Vallance

This extraordinary video from the Internet illustrates how even boa constrictors can love.

Cette vidéo extraordinaire tirée de l’internet démontre que même les boas constricteurs savent aimer.


senryu – my Calico cat = ma chatte tricolore

my Calico cat,
Squeak, in her gold ribbon,
has just passed away...

Squeak calico senryu 620

ma chatte tricolore,
Squeak, son ruban doré,
a trépassé ...

Richard Vallance

Squeak died in February 2015.  Squeak est morte en février 2015.


summer haiku d’été – a praying mantis = mante religieuse

a praying mantis
losing his head
over love

praying mantis haiku 620

mante religieuse
mâle perd sa tête 
à cause de l’amour

Richard Vallance  


tragic summer haiku d’été tragique – Pompeii drowned = Pompeii noyé

Pompeii drowned
by lava waves pouring down
in an ashen storm

the destruction of Pompeii 620

Pompeii noyé,
inondé par la lave,
orage de cendres

Richard Vallance


On 24 August AD 79, the volcano Mount Vesuvius burst out in a massive explosion which completely buried the city of Pompeii in ashes. At first, lava rained down the city, followed by an ash storm with massive lightning which killed almost everyone in the city. It is one of the worst natural disasters in all of history.

Le 24 août 79 ap. J.C., le volcan, le Vésuve, a éclaté dans une explosion massive qui a complètement enterré la ville de Pompeii en cendres. Au début, la lave s’est versé sur la ville, et ensuite un orage de cendres accompagné de coups massifs d’éclairs a tué presque tout le monde dans la ville. C’est une des pires catastrophes naturelles de l’histoire. 


summer haiku d’été – the spirits of two loons = les esprits de deux huards

the spirits of two loons
hover over the lake
where they’ve died

Fish and Fish with Spirit Loon 1983_by Norval Morrisseau 620

les esprits de deux huards
planent sur le lac
où ils sont morts

Richard Vallance

Loons always mate for life. So if two loons die, this almost surely means they were mates.

Les huards sont partenaires toute la vie. Donc, si deux huards sont morts, cela veut dire presque certainement qu’ils étaient partenaires.

Full Measure, a Sonnet


Full Measure, a Sonnet

Full Measure, a Sonnet 620

for a dear friend

The measure of our love is fully gained
again, and once again we have ensured
our love can never never be restrained, 
though decades pass. And so it has endured.

If you and I had never fallen out
we never would have rediscovered bliss;
now since it’s certain we are both devout
our God ordains our love is not remiss.

Since God ordains our love from Heaven’s gate,
we may rest assured He loves us dearly,
and know no time for love can come too late
since in sharing grace we love sincerely.

And though we die, we never die in death
but share the breath of Heaven’s hallowed breath.


© by Richard Vallance Janke

Sept. 14 2018; revised Feb. 22 2019 


winter haiku d’hiver – the icy shimmer = la glace qui reluit 

the icy shimmer
in your crystallized eyes
reflects your death

crystallized eyes 620

la glace qui reluit
dans tes eyes cristallisés,
reflet de ta mort

Richard Vallance

Are people so afraid of death that they cannot stand this haiku? Sometimes I have to wonder...

autumn haiku d’automne – the stone angel = l’ange de pierre

the stone angel
on her children’s tomb –
infinity’s love

stone angel


l’ange de pierre
sur la tombe de ses enfants –
l’amour infini

Richard Vallance


sad spring haiku de printemps triste – Daisy in the spring = Daisy au printemps

Daisy in the spring
now in a cedar box
her ashes mine

daisy in the spring 620

Daisy au printemps
dans une boîte de cèdre
ses cendres les miennes

Richard Vallance

based on this former winter haiku = basé sur cet haiku triste d’hiver antérieur.

candlelight vigil haiku 620


senryu – your faithful cat = ta chatte fidèle


senryu – your faithful cat = ta chatte fidèle

your faithful cat
dying in searing agony –
her banshee wail 

senryu banshee cat 620

ta chatte fidèle
meurt en douleur fulgurante –
son cri de banshee

Richard Vallance


winter haiku – a bum =  un clochard

crows croaking,
a bum dies in the snow –
no one mourns him

bum haiku winter

des corbeaux croassent,
un clochard meurt dans la neige –
personne en deuil

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – orcas = orques


summer haiku d’été – orcas = orques

orcas dying off
in yet another straight  –
we’ve done it again!

orcas 620

les orques meurent
dans un autre détroit –
nous, les meurtriers !

Richard Vallance

The orcas, of which only 74 are left in the wild, are facing extinction. We have only to blame ourselves for this horrific mess.  Once again, we humans, being as destructive as we so often are, are killing off one species after another, including elephants, rhinoceres, wolverines and polar bears, to name but a few.

Les orques, dont seulement 74 existent encore à l’état sauvage, sont menacés d’extinction. Cette situation grave est sans doute de notre faute. Encore une fois, nous autres, les humains destructifs, tuent tant d’espèces, y inclus les éléphants, les rhinocéros, les carcajous et les ours polaires, parmi autant d’autres.


winter haiku d’hiver – Humboldt crash


winter haiku d’hiver – Humboldt crash

Humboldt crash
a truck T-bones a bus  –
massive carnage

humboldt crash haiku 620

crash de Humboldt
autobus tout écrasé –
carnage massif

Richard Vallance

This horrific crash between a large truck speeding at 100 kmh. and a bus took place on April 6 2018. 16 people were killed and 13 severely injured, mostly young adult hockey players, But since this mortal accident happened on Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Highway 35, it was still technically winter.

Ce crash affreux entre un grand camion en excès de vitesse à 100 kilomètres à l’heure et un autobus a eu lieu le 6 avril, 2018. 16 sont morts et 13 gravement blessés, dont la plupart ont été de jeunes joueurs de hockey. Puisque cet accident mortel a eu lieu sur l’autoroute 35 de Saskatchewan, c’était encore l’hiver.


							

winter haiku d’hiver – candlelight vigil = vigile à la chandelle 

on a bitter night
a candlelight vigil –
Daisy’s teddy bear

candlelight vigil haiku 620

nuit glaciale
vigile à la chandelle –
nounours de Daisy

Richard Vallance

This little haiku has opened up my wounds again on January 4 2019.  I weep again! Notice the teddy bear beside Daisy.

Ce petit haiku me blesse tellement ! Je sanglote de nouveau le 4 janvier 2019 !  Remarquer le nounours de Daisy.



poème par Louis-Dominique Genest dévoué à la chère mémoire de Daisy, 2003-2015
poem by Louis-Dominique Genest dedicated in loving memory of Daisy, 2003-2015

Adieu petite écaille de tortue.
Tu es morte dans la baignoire
comme pour retourner à l'eau,
à la mer originelle
et aller te souder à l'éternité. 

poem for Daisy by Louis-Dominique Genest 620

English translation:

Adieu little tortoiseshell.
You died in the bathtub
as though returning to water,
to the primeval sea
where you have married yourself to eternity.

Louis-Dominique Genest
le 28 décembre December 28 2018


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