Tag Archive: destruction



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?

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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.


spring haiku de printemps – pray for Notre Dame = priez pour Notre Dame

pray for Notre Dame –
our Lady of Sorrows
burned alive!

Notre Dame our Lady 620

priez pour Notre Dame –
Notre-Dame des douleurs
brûlée vive !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – Notre Dame 

Notre Dame –
her rosette a mass of flames...
her flowers in globs

Notre Dame rosette on fire 620

Notre Dame –
sa rosace flambée ...
ses fleurs en gouttes

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – Notre Dame 

Notre Dame –
her spire crumbles in flames...
Paris blossoms

Notre Dame spire fire 620

Notre Dame –
sa flèche tombe en flammes ...
Paris fleurit

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.


tragic summer haiku d’été – Thera erupts = Théra éclate

Thera erupts 
so very far away –
Knossos walloped

Knossos earthquake 1370 BC 620

Théra éclate,
tellement lointaine –
Knossos détruit

Richard Vallance

In 1370 B.C., the volcano at Thera erupted in a massive explosion, and even though it was far away from Knossos, it set off an earthquake which utterly destroyed the city.

En 1370 av. J.-C., le volcan à Théra a éclaté dans une explosion massive. En dépit de la grande distance entre Théra et Knossos, le volcan a déclenché un tremblement de terre qui a entièrement détruit la ville.


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 – just after dusk =  au crépuscule

just after dusk
our run-away campfire
licks its next tree

campfire haiku 620

après le crépuscule
notre feu de camp ardent
lèche les arbres

Richard Vallance


Haiku – The Fall of Mycenae: Mycenae a sea of blood - Click to ENLARGE:

Haiku Mycenae sea of blood

We do not know the actual circumstances of the fall of Mycenae, but we can well imagine the massive destruction of the great citadel, and the sea of blood that must have poured though it as 1,000s of citizens were mercilessly slaughtered – hence the massive spill of blood into the Aegean Sea. Reminds one of the fall of Troy.

Note that I am using the archaic Homeric genitive ending in OIO.


Richard

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