Tag Archive: lake



summer haiku d’été - the osprey glides = le balbuzard plane

the osprey glides
over the lake on still wings -
wind whistling in waves

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le balbuzard plane,
les ailes immobiles -
le vent sur les vagues

Richard Vallance

Canadian Spirit Voices


Canadian Spirit Voices

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On Spirit Lake the voices flew 
across the coves where forests grew, 
tossing the fragrance of the sun 
over the pines where spirits run. 
Where spirits ran, they run today, 
ancestors' voices up the spruce, 
where paddlers camp but never stay 
where eagles eye the rummaging moose, 
where wolves and bears are born again 
only to see their spring cubs slain, 
where we encamped and they stormed in 
and killed the last of our last kin. 
    Can you imagine what a surprise 
    when they see clarity in our dark eyes? 

Richard Vallance



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

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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.


summer haiku d’hiver – in the thunderstorm = orage de tonnerre

in the thunderstorm
gusts whip up the lake  –
loons echo through rain

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orage de tonnerre,
les rafales fouettent le lac –
échos des huards

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’hiver – on a stifling night – la nuit trop chaude

on a stifling night
wolves howl at the moon
echoing loons

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la nuit trop chaude,
les loups hurlent à la lune,
échos des huards

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – full moon on the lake = pleine lune sur le lac

full moon on the lake 
where loons have flown by –
shimmering ghosts

full moon on the lake

pleine lune sur le lac,
les huards disparus –
fantômes miroités

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – flirting with stars = sous les étoiles 

flirting with stars
our sparkling camp fire
mirrored in the lake

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sous les étoiles
notre feu de camp brillant
un reflet dans le lac

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – striking Canoe Lake = sur le Lac Canoe

striking Canoe Lake
lightning springs to life
from your oil palette

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sur le Lac Canoe
quel coup d’éclair né
de ta palette

Richard Vallance 


summer haiku d’été

faraway dancers
in the moonlight
stars in the lake

haiku stars in the lake

danseuses lointaines
au clair de lune
étoiles dans le lac

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps = white wolf - un loup blanc

a white wolf
on a rock in quiet water
in his own eyes

wolf on a rock

sur un rocher 
dans l’eau tranquille un loup blanc
dans ses propres yeux

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – gray crane = grue grise


summer haiku d’été – gray crane = grue grise

gray crane
skimming the lake –
wild rice moon

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grue grise
s’approchant du lac –
lune du riz sauvage

Richard Vallance 


In the month of September, the Indigenous North American Anishinaabe Peoples (also known as Ojibwe) begin the rice harvest. During each of the thirty days of Manoominike-Giizis (”Wild Rice Moon”) harvesters head out in canoes to harvest wild rice from the smooth surface of lakes with names like Blackbird, Big, Pigeon and, naturally, Rice Lake. 

winter haiku d’hiver


winter haiku d’hiver

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watery sun
on the icy lake...
whispering spruce

soleil moiré
sur le lac gêlé ...
soupirs des sapins

Richard Vallance


The pristine beauty of Canada. Lac Philippe. Only 40 km. outside Ottawa, the Capital City:

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