Tag Archive: haiku



winter haiku d'hiver – frosty tonight = la nuit glaciale


 


frosty tonight
the swell breaks on the rocks
where you've tossed my corpse

la nuit glaciale
la houle frappe les rochers
où tu jettes mon corps 

Richard Vallance

In other words, you who are reading this murdered me!

photo public domain, converted to black and white


summer haiku d'été – there on the bench = là sur le banc = lì in panchina




there on the bench
a bouquet of flowers
a little boy kisses 

là sur le banc
un bouquet de fleurs
qu'un garçon baise

lì in panchina
un mazzo di fiori...
un bambino li bacia

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Vallance 



summer haiku d'été – a bear cub = un ourson

in the wildfire
a bear cub clings to a branch –
flames lick at his paws




quel feu de fôret !
un ourson s'accroche à une branche –
les flammes lèchent ses pattes

Richard Vallance

screen capture from Utube video – capture d'écran d'UTube 


summer haiku d'été – frenzied crows = corbeaux effrénés




in the firestorm
frenzied crows spin in fear,
their wings scorched black

incendie de forêt,  
les corbeaux effrénés fuient,
les ailes brûlées noires

Richard Vallance

screen capture from Utube video – capture d'écran d'UTube 


senryu – the unicorn = la licorne = l'unicorno




fair demoiselle, 
cherish the unicorn...
how he adores you!

belle demoiselle,
chéris la licorne ...
comme il t'adore !

bella demoiselle,
ama l'unicorno
chi ti adora!

Richard Vallance 
   
Tapestry, The Lady and the Unicorn, woven in silk and wool, Flanders 1500
Tapisserie, La dame et la licorne, tissée en soie et laine, Flandres 1500   


summer haiku d’été – the silver moon = la lune argentée

the silver moon
illuminates this lake
where thrilled loons trill




la lune argentée
illumine ce lac
où trillent les huards

Richard Vallance

illustration:
artwork in the Rideau station of the Ottawa LRT, capital of Canada
oeuvre d'art dans la station Rideau du TRL d'Ottawa, la capitale du Canada


summer haiku d'été – a racoon peers = un raton laveur regarde

a racoon peers
through a wire fence 
pleading for love 




un raton laveur regarde
à travers une clôture
implorant l'amour
 
Richard Vallance   

photo public domain


senryu – a monster shoves = un monstre pousse

a monster shoves
in the trash his bloodied dog 
an angel hears wail

un monstre pousse
dans la poubelle son chien blessé
qu'un cher ange sauve

Richard Vallance


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winter haiku d'hiver – cloudy moonless = nuageux sans neige

cloudy moonless...
who lurks in my yard?
don't answer the cell




nuageux sans lune ...
qui rôde dans ma cour ?
ferme le cellulaire

Richard Vallance  

photo public domain


winter haiku d'hiver – there in the snow = là dans la neige 

there in the snow
the wolf stares me down
his eyes the cold moon 




là dans la neige 
le loup son regard fixe
ses yeux la lune froide

Richard Vallance  


autumn haiku d'automne – fall flickers = l'automne scintille 




fall flickers
on maple leaves –
come... whisper adieu

l'automne scintille
sur les feuilles d'érable –
viens ... susurre adieu

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2017


summer haiku d' été – slipping in the mud = glissant dans la boue = nel fangoli




slipping in the mud
a pig grunts in ecstasy...
do I stink too? 

glissant dans la boue
un cochon grogne en extase ...
est-ce que je pue ?

nel fangoli
un maiale in estasi ...
anche puzzo? 

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 


summer haiku d' été – frozen in amber = gelé dans l'ambre = congelato in ambra




frozen in amber
wheat still waves in the wind –
the freshest scent!

gelé dans l'ambre
le blé ondule dans le vent –
quel parfum frais !

congelato in ambra
il grano nel vento -
il profumo fresco!

Richard Vallance

photo public domain, special effects by Richard Vallance


summer haiku d' été – amber blossom = fleur d'ambre = fiore d'ambra




amber blossom
frozen in time –
timeless wraith

fleur d'ambre
gelée par le temps –
intemporelle

fiore d'ambra
congelato in tempo -
intramontabile

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


senryu – I groom you = je te lèche = ti lecco


senryu – I groom you = je te lèche = ti lecco





I groom you
you groom me ...
we're wee kitties... see!

je te lèche 
tu me lèches ...
nous, petits chatons !

ti lecco
mi lecchi ... si
siamo cuccioli! 

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


spring haiku de printemps – peek-a-boo kitty!  = je te vois chaton 

peek-a-boo kitty! 
yes caress the wee sprout –
that's what you're about




je te vois chaton
caresser le bourgeon –
c'est comme tu es fait

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – two fallow deer = les deux daims

two fallow deer 
in the florid meadow
in a winsome weave




les deux daims
dans le pré fleuri
tissé en amour

Richard Vallance

green tapestry, fallow deer pair in fantasy flowers 
tapisserie verte, deux daims parmi des fleurs de fantaisie

summer haiku – scruffy ole' vultures  = vautours débraillés





scruffy ole' vultures,
your carrion cuisine
isn't so outré

vautours débraillés,
ta cuisine de charogne
n'est pas si outrée

Richard Vallance
 

senryu – if I think = si je pense = se penso


senryu – if I think = si je pense = se penso




if I think
of you I'll dream
of the universe

si je pense
à toi je rêve
de l'univers

se penso
di te sogno
dell'universo

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d'été – the nostalgic cries = les cris nostalgiques




the nostalgic cries
of wild ducks
lend voice to sorrow

les cris nostalgiques
des canards sauvages
révèlent la tristesse

Richard Vallance

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