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funny Japanese autumn haiku, not the frog again!  – haiku rigolo japonais d’automne, pas encore la grenouille ! 

in the cold pond
the frog croaks his last – 
and croaks *

* The English pun cannot be replicated in French.




dans l’étang froid
la grenouille coasse... la fin – 
elle est morte *

* Le jeu de mots en anglais ne se reproduit pas en français. De toute façon, ça reste comique !

Richard Vallance  


Earth-shattering summer haiku d’été stupéfiant – tickle the dragon? = chaoutille le dragon ?

tickle the dragon’s tail?
he’ll incinerate the sky!
whose Trinity now?

trinity 620

chaoutille le dragon ?
il incinère le ciel !
mais quelle Trinité ?

Richard Vallance

Years after the 20 kiloton Trinity atomic bomb exploded on July 16 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the director of the project, made this ominous projection:

I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. 

He was prophetically right, to say the very least.Tickle the dragon’s tail” refers to he technique to calculate critical mass, which would be necessary to detonate in an atomic weapon. 

Plusieurs années après la détonation de la bombe atomique Trinity de 20 kilotonnes, le 16 juillet 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer ( 1904-1967 ), le directeur du projet, a fait cette remarque de mauvaise augure :

Je suis devenu la Mort, le destructeur des mondes.

Pour ne pas dire plus, sa prophétie était correcte.

Chaoutiller la queue du dragon, c’est la technique nécessaire pour calculer la masse critique afin de détoner une bombe atomique.


autumn haiku d’automne – duck hunting = chasser les canards

duck hunting
in the swamp –
they're all hung!

duck hunting 620

chasser les canards
dans le marécage –
ils sont tous pendus !

Richard Vallance


Sonnet I am the Resurrection and the Life Vulgate Version

Am I the Life 620

Am I the Life?

As Jesus moved her to these words, I say,
as Martha said, “I know he’ll rise again
in the last hour of the very last day.”
And Jesus asked, “Am I the light, if slain? 
Do you believe in me?.. resurrected
as am I? Nor have I died! Believe and live...
Do you believe?” ... “Lord, I do, elected
as you are, Messiah to all who give
themselves to you alone, the Son of God,
come to this world!” And saying this, she left
an sought her sister Mary, who was so awed
she turned to her and said, “Be not bereft
as God is ours and we are his alone...
I know we’ll live beside him by his throne.”

Richard Vallance

This sonnet is based on John 11:24-27, here in English

24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

ad here in the Vulgate Latin: 

24 Dicit ei Martha: Scio quia resurget in resurrectione in novissimo die.
25 Dixit ei Jesus: Ego sum resurrectio et vita: qui credit in me, etiam si mortuus fuerit, vivet:
26 et omnis qui vivit et credit in me, non morietur in æternum. Credis hoc?
27 Ait illi: Utique Domine, ego credidi quia tu es Christus, Filius Dei vivi, qui in hunc mundum venisti.


senryu – her soul is hers no more = son âme n’est plus la sienne

my Maine Coon has died - 
her soul is hers no more
though mine is hers

Argentee my Maine Coon has died 620

ma Maine Coon est morte - 
son âme n’est plus la sienne
mais elle est la mienne

Richard Vallance

This senryu is inspired by the following senryu by the author of Pi-Ku poetry, on twitter here:

then my soul was no longer mine 620

Pi-Ku




spooky senryu sinistre – oh my star crossed eyes! = mes yeux étoilés !

oh my star crossed eyes!
I’m scared half sh*tless!
it’s Dracucat!

Dracucat 620

mes yeux étoilés !
que je suis effrayé !
c’est Dacruchat ! 

Richard Vallance

I Argentée


I Argentee 620

I Argentée

I Argentée have lived a hardy life:
a Maine Coon mix, I’ve forded babbling rills,
the freest spirit, who’s never suffered strife!
Why, I have scaled formidable forest hills,
where I’ve run into coons and surly bears
who’ve never phased me in the very least;
I’ve roamed the fields and sounded foxes’ lairs,
so why be so surprised when I am deceased.
Because I pride the space I always crave,
although I was on leash, the leash was loose,
to leave me running free, for being brave,
since as you know I’ve always been so spruce!
For all the bugs I’ve chased and mice I’ve caught
I bid you, fairest friends, to mourn me not.

Richard Vallance

March 29 2019

in memoriam, fairest Argentée, libre esprit (free spirit)
April 15 2003 – March 14 2019


autumn haiku d’automne - waves in the gale = vagues dans la tempête

waves in the gale
crashing on shattered shoals -
shipwrecked souls

waves in the gale 620

vagues dans la tempête
qui s’écrasent sur les bancs  -
les âmes naufragées 

Richard Vallance

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


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


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

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