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summer haiku d’été – the growling rock = la roche qui grogne

the growling rock
those tortured stumps –
the road to nowhere

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la roche qui grogne
ces souches torturées –
le chemin sans fin

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – a snake slithers = un serpent glisse

a snake slithers
over the shifting dunes –
rippling effects 

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un serpent glisse
sur les dunes mouvantes –
effets de vague

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – buzzard soaring = buse survolant

buzzard soaring 
over Anza Borrego,
spying a snake 

buzzard

buse survolant
Anza Borrego,
voyant un serpent 

Richard Vallance

Linear B tablet, Pylos ER 312, tax collection for wheat for the temple in the palace:

Linear B Pylos tablet ER 312

This most fascinating of Linear B tablets, Pylos ER 312, clearly deals with the temple in the palace (both words in the locative singular). The tablet deals with taxation of seed for wheat and for wheat as such, where the units of wheat a large, and measured in something like bale-like units. Now it is obvious that in the Minoan/Mycenaean era, wheat and other grain crops were not measured in bales, but there was a standard large unit of measurement for them, which probably approximated bales. As the tax collector is mentioned, we know this tablet deals exclusively with taxation for wheat seeds and wheat. The taxes raised by the tax collector are for the temple in the palace. In line 7, we have worokiyoneyo eremo, which prima facie is somewhat mystifying. However, as my research colleague, Alexandre Solcà, points out, eremo is the adjective corresponding to the noun, eremo, the latter signifying desert. So the attributive of this word probably means devoid of. It certainly makes sense in context, given that the word preceding it is worokiyoneyo (genitive singular) for “of an offering , so the sense would be, literally, devoid of an offering, hence, a free offering. This clears up any ambiguity in the text.

 

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