Tag Archive: haiku



summer haiku d’été – red maples in mist = érables rouges

red maples in mist,
just a whisper of dawn –  
vermilion ghosts

red maples in mist 620

érables rouges
dans la brume avant l’aube –
fantômes vermillons

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – lotus Buddha = Bouddha lotus

lotus Buddha,
cat sound asleep in his lap –
eternal bliss

Buddha and cat asleep 620

Bouddha lotus,
chat endormi sur ses genoux –
extase éternelle

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – honey bees buzz = les abeilles bourdonnent

honey bees buzzround their hive in the pine –
you nosy ole’ bear!

honey bees pine tree 620

les abeilles bourdonnent
sur leur ruche dans le pin –
toi, ours curieux !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku - haiku de printemps – snow flakes flutter by = flocons de neiges

snow flakes flutter by -
infinite mandalas
simply melt away

snowflakes mandalas 620

flocons de neiges,
mandalas infinis
qui fondent enfin

Richard Vallance


spring haiku - haiku de printemps – mud puddle in rain = flaque dans la pluie

mud puddle in rain
tickling my bare feet –
so what it’s cold?

mud puddle 620

flaque dans la pluie
qui chatouille mes pieds nus –
elle est froide... ça va ! 

Richard Vallance


so-called spring haiku = soi-disant haiku de printemps – shoveling snowbanks = congères pelletées

shoveling snowbanks 
blanketing our junipers  – 
what on earth is spring?

shoveling snowbanks haiku 620

congères pelletées – 
nos genévriers couverts  – 
qu’est-ce le printemps ?

Richard Vallance

Even though it is March 20, there are huge snowbanks in my front yard! Yuk! I took this photo yesterday to prove it.

Bien que ce soit le 20 mars, il y a des congères énormes dans ma cour ! Beurk ! J’ai pris cette photo hier, afin de prouver que c’est vrai. 


							

eternal spring haiku du printemps éternel – the queen of heaven = la reine du ciel

eternal spring!
she is the queen of heaven,
all kitties’ heaven

Queen of Heaven 620

printemps éternel !
elle est la reine du ciel,
paradis des chats

Richard Vallance

Since cats, like all animals, do not sin, they all end up in their own little heavens! For those who do not know, for us humans, the Queen of Heaven is the Virgin Mary. For cats, the queen of heaven is Argentée.

Puisque les chats, comme tous les animaux, n’ont pas de péchés, ils parviennent tous à leurs petits paradis ! Pour tous ceux qui ne le savent pas, la Reine du Paradis pour nous, les humains, c’est la Vierge Marie. Pour les chats, la reine du paradis, c’est Argentée.



senryu – tears on tears = larmes sur larmes

tears on tears
run to your deepest depths –
I weep with you

tears on tears 620

larmes sur larmes
aux tréfonds de toi –
tu pleures ... et moi

Richard Vallance

inspired by deeply caring words from a dear friend of mine just today ...

inspiré par les sentiments profonds de la part d’un cher ami aujourd’hui même ... 


winter haiku d’hiver - sidewalk, dead of night - = trottoir la nuit

sidewalk, dead of night -
who will you see in the snow?
who on earth sees you?

sidwalk in a blizzard 620

trottoir la nuit -
qui vois-tu dans la neige ?
personne ne te voit ...

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver = Maine Coon, Argentée


winter haiku d’hiver = Maine Coon,  Argentée

Maine Coon, Argentée 
hangs on for her dear life
over freezing falls

My cat hangs on for dear life 620

Maine Coon, Argentée
se colle au pont au-dessus
des chutes glacées

Richard Vallance

I realize now that very few people like my haiku anymore, probably because I write too many and folks are bored to death with them, but I do, and that is all that counts.

Je me rends enfin pleinement compte du fait que la plupart des gens n’aime plus mes haikus, peut-être parce-ce qu’à leur avis, j’en écris trop et ils en ont marre. mais moi, je les aime, et c’est tout ce qui compte.


eternal spring haiku du printemps éternel – I peer through leaves = à travers les feuilles

I peer through leaves
and who am I thrilled to see? –
why you, my dear serf

à travers les feuilles
qui est-ce que je vois? –
toi, mon cher serf

I peer through the leaves 620

Richard Vallance

in memory of my beloved Maine Coon chat, Argentée
à la mémoire de ma Maine Coon chérie, Argentée 


eternal summer haiku de l’été éternel – sweet cat passed away = chère chatte trépassée

sweet cat passed away,
you dash through heaven’s forests –
my wee free spirit

free spirit 620

chère chatte trépassée
dans les forêts du ciel –
pet’t esprit libre

Richard Vallance

in memory of my beloved Maine Coon chat, Argentée
à la mémoire de ma Maine Coon chérie, Argentée 


summer haiku d’été – you funky herb = piège du diable

you funky herb,
you devil’s snare, blow my mind!
who needs weed? 

devils snare 620

piège du diable,
herbe folle, tu m’époustoufles !
fumer l’herbe ? ... bah !

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – no robin singing = aucun rouge-gorge 

a snowy morning –
I guess spring is in hiding –
no robin singing

no robin regis auffray 620

matin enneigé –
le printemps se cache-t-il ?
aucun rouge-gorge ne chante

Régis Auffray

photo by Régis Auffray

translated into French by Richard Vallance

traduit en français par Richard Vallance


senryu – so many slaughtered = massacre – horreur!

so many slaughtered
in Christchurch mosques  –
Allah weeps and wails!

christchurch shooting mosques 620

massacre – horreur!
dans les mosquées à Christchurch –
Allah pleure, gémit !

Richard Vallance

What an appalling act of vicious terrorism in the name of so-called white supremacy!

Quel acte épouvantable de térrorisme brutal au nom de la soi-disant suprématie des blancs !


spring haiku de printemps – Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain –
you’re in my arms still –
I’ll stand by you  

Brokeback Mountain 620

Brokeback Mountain –
mes bras t’embrassent
sans te lâcher

Richard Vallance


winter spring haiku d’hiver – rain over ice = pluie sur glace

rain over ice,
the bleakest blue liturgy
streaks our window sill

rain over ice 620

pluie sur neige,
la liturgie la plus triste
tache la fenêtre

Richard Vallance
 

spring haiku de printemps – Argentée poses = Argentée pose

Argentée poses,
pretty as she pleases –
no one’s April fool

Argentee pretty 620

Argentée pose
comme elle se voit jolie –
poisson d’avril ? ... non !

Richard Vallance

in loving memory of Argentée = à la mémoire précieuse d’Argentée


winter haiku d’hiver – Argentée growls = Argentée grogne

Argentée growls
on the snowy mill wheel?
nah! she yawns

Argentee growls 620

Argentée grogne
sur la roue du moulin ?
mais non ! elle baille

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – Argentée hip =  Argentée alerte

Argentée hip
to chattering chickadees –
a nice light snack

nice light snack 620

Argentée alerte
aux mésanges qui jasent –
casse-croûte léger

Richard Vallance

When I took this photo in early March 2005, Argentée was just 3 years old. She was highly resistant to winter then because of her thick coat. I distinctly remember it was 3 above zero celsius even though it was late winter.

Quand j’ai pris cette photo au début de mars 2005, Argentée n’avait que trois ans. Elle résistait extrêmement bien à l’hiver grâce à son poil épais.  Je me souviens distinctement de la température ce jour-à, soit 3 degrés en-dessus de zéro celsius, car il faisit assez frais.    

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