Tag Archive: Maine Coon



summer haiku d'été – blue Maine Coon = Maine Coon bleu




blue Maine Coon
before the blue picket fence – 
sea-green eyes

Maine Coon bleu
devant la palissade bleue –
yeux verts moirés

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


senryu – green-eyed Maine Coon = Maine Coon aux yeux verts

green-eyed Maine Coon,
you wee fluffer angel
coddled in my arms




Maine Coon aux yeux verts,
petit un ange doux
couvé dans mes mains

Richard Vallance

spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée


spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée

HRH Argentée
on her forest path  –
queen of trilliums




SAR Argentée
sur son sentier forestier  –
la reine des trilles

Richard Vallance

HRH Argentée, my gorgeous Maine Coon mix, died on March 14 2019, just one month short of her 16th. birthday. She walked on a leash all over Ottawa and the Gatineaux Hills some 1,200 times in her life. Her ashes box is inscribed, Libre Esprit (Free Spirit). I miss her terribly!

SAR Argentée, ma Maine Coon mixte super belle, est morte le 14 mars 2019, seulement un mois avant son 16ìeme anniversaire. Elle marchait au moins 1.200 fois à la laisse pendant se vie à Ottawa et parmi les Collines du Gatineax. Sa boîte funéraire est inscrite, Libre Esprit. Elle me manque tellement. 


summer haiku d’été – still on her leash = toujours à la laisse

still on her leash,
my Maine Coon’s ghost hovers here – 
leaves whisper her name

Argentee still on her leash 620

toujours à la laisse,
le fantôme da ma Maine Coon  –
paroles des feuilles

Richard Vallance

I miss Argentée terribly. She passed away on March 14 2019. I often cry when I think of her.

Argentée me manque tellement. Elle est morte le l4 mars 2019. Je pleure souvent quand je pense à elle.


senryu – her soul is hers no more = son âme n’est plus la sienne

my Maine Coon has died - 
her soul is hers no more
though mine is hers

Argentee my Maine Coon has died 620

ma Maine Coon est morte - 
son âme n’est plus la sienne
mais elle est la mienne

Richard Vallance

This senryu is inspired by the following senryu by the author of Pi-Ku poetry, on twitter here:

then my soul was no longer mine 620

Pi-Ku



I Argentée


I Argentee 620

I Argentée

I Argentée have lived a hardy life:
a Maine Coon mix, I’ve forded babbling rills,
the freest spirit, who’s never suffered strife!
Why, I have scaled formidable forest hills,
where I’ve run into coons and surly bears
who’ve never phased me in the very least;
I’ve roamed the fields and sounded foxes’ lairs,
so why be so surprised when I am deceased.
Because I pride the space I always crave,
although I was on leash, the leash was loose,
to leave me running free, for being brave,
since as you know I’ve always been so spruce!
For all the bugs I’ve chased and mice I’ve caught
I bid you, fairest friends, to mourn me not.

Richard Vallance

March 29 2019

in memoriam, fairest Argentée, libre esprit (free spirit)
April 15 2003 – March 14 2019


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.


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 


 

Photos of my lovely and extremely smart Maine Coon mix cat, Argentée,

throughout her lifetime, 2003-2019. I had to euthanize her on March 14 and it was horrible. All the more so that my sweet tortoiseshell, Daisy, died a natural death on Dec. 28 2018! Argentée was a completely leash-trained cat, who used to go for walks with me for years, and who climbed trees until she was at least 9. She was so smart that unlike most cats, who get stuck in trees when the climb them, she shimmied down trees like a squirrel! Astonishing! She also responded to certain verbal phrases, such as:

2004aprila

2004june

2005marchb

Do you wanna go outside? (Trust me, she knew exactly what THAT meant!)
NO
cheese (She loved cheese)

2009marcha

april2010d

She was by far the smartest cat I have ever known in my life, and was always completely at home on her leash, when we went for walks and when she was in my front yard. Her leash was at least 4 metres long, so she had plenty of room to move around in in my front yard!

And here are her photos, lovely as she was!

PLEASE comment on them!


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.    

senryu – Maine Coon, Argentée


senryu – Maine Coon, Argentée

Maine Coon, Argentée,
you’ve passed away in peace –
your spirit meows

Argentee libre espirt 620

Maine Coon, Argentée,
toi, trépassée en paix –
ton esprit miaule

Richard Vallance

Today, March 14 2019, Argentée was euthanized at 6:40 p.m., just 1 month short of her 16 birthday. She passed away in utter peace, not suffering in the least.

Aujourd’hui, le 14 mars 2019,  on a euthanisé  Argentée à dix-hit heures quarante, un peu moins qu’un mois avant son seizième anniversaire.  Elle est morte en paix pure, sans la moindre souffrance.


senryu – my ole’ Maine Coon = ma Maine Coon

my ole’ Maine Coon
snoozin’ on my computer–
its furry firewall

firewall senryu 620

ma Maine Coon
endormie sur l’ordinateur –
son par-feu poilu

Richard Vallance

senryu – my Maine Coon too old = ma vieille Maine Coon


senryu – my Maine Coon too old = ma vieille Maine Coon 

my Maine Coon too old,
I groom her instead –
wee girl dozes off

old Maine Coon 620

ma vieille Maine Coon,
c’est moi qui la brosse
et elle fait dodo

Richard Vallance

senryu – here goes the cat = voilà le chat


senryu – here goes the cat = voilà le chat

here goes the cat,
ears as sharp as razors –
we’re deaf as posts! 

here goes the cat 620 

voilà le chat,
les oreilles si perçantes –
nous sommes tous sourds !

Richard Vallance


senryu – Argentée cuddled = Argentée caressée

Argentée cuddled
in her own fave blanket –
wee sleepy pie

Argentee all cuddled 620

Argentée caressée
par son duvet doux –
si somnolente

Richard Vallance



Argentée, Maine Coon,
who’s out on a limb? ... pas moi!  
I can change its gears

argentee changing gears

Argentée, Maine Coon,
sur une branche? ... pas moi !
je change de vitesse
Richard Vallance

My Maine Coon’s name is Argentée, which means “Silvery” in English. I took this photo in April 2004, when she was just 2 years old.

Ma Maine Coon s’appelle Argentée. J’ai pris cette photo en avril 2004, quand elle avait seulement deux ans.

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