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senryu – shattered dreams = les rêves brisés = sogni rotti





shattered dreams
shattered mirror
shattered soul

les rêves brisés
le miroir cassé
l'âme brisée

sogni rotti
lo specchio rotto
l'anima rotta

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku – if you are in tears = si tu es en larmes





for Barbara Harris and the whole Harris family. Barbara
passed away November 6 2019. Judy Harris, Barbara's
daughter-in-law, is my first cousin. 

if you are in tears
tears are roses in the rain
weeping dew

Richard Vallance

pour Barbara Harris et toute la famille Harris. Barabara est
décédée le 6 novembre 2019Harris, la belle-fille de Barbara,
est ma cousine germaine

si tu es en larmes
tes larmes les roses dans la pluie
versent la rosée

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – if a single tear = si une seule larme


senryu – if a single tear = si une seule larme






if a single tear
could drown the world's sorrows
I'd shed torrents

si une seule larme
noit la misère du monde
j'en verse des torrents

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

basé sur ce beau poème par par Naima Bourhim

Si une larme de mes yeux tomber...
Pouvait noyer la misère dans le monde...
J'en verserai des torrents pour l'inonder . 

Translated into English:

If one tear falling from my eyes could drown the world's sorrows I would shed torrents to drown them.

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why say?
you are in our prayers – say
we are the light

pourquoi dire ?
vous êtes dans nos prières - dites
nous sommes la lumière

Richard Vallance

Bahá'í logo for world religions = le logo des Bahá'í des religions du monde

To my mind, there are really no religions, there is only God and ourselves. So we do not need to pray, because we are in essence prayer. To love God and to love one another is the only thing that matters.

Selon moi, il n'y a pas de religions, il y a seulement Dieu et nous-mêmes. Donc nous n'avons pas besoin de prier, parce que nous sommes essentiellement la prière. La seule chose qui compte, c'est d'aimer Dieu et les uns les autres.  



autumn haiku d'automne – a sparrow = un moineau = un passero

in English, French, Italian and Latin




a sparrow
with a broken wing -
freezing rain

un moineau
une aile cassée  -
verglas

un passero
con un'ala rotta -
pioggia fredda

passer
ala fracta -
imber frigus

Pronounce the Latin like Italian.

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – thistles on the heath = chardons sur la lande





thistles on the heath
where the wind always whistles
to the airs of clouds

chardons sur la lande
où le vent siffle toujours
aux voix des nuages

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku = raindrops = les gouttes de pluie




raindrops
on maple leaves  
frozen in time

les gouttes de pluie
sur les feuilles d'érables
gelées dans le temps

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – the horse gallops off = le cheval galope





the horse gallops off
into the field at dawn
minus Roy Rogers 

le cheval galope
vers le champ à l'aube
sans Roy Rogers

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

summer haiku d'été – the unruffled swan = le cygne serein





Zen

the unruffled swan
paddles around the lake – 
we're all google-eyed 

le cygne serein
nage sereinement sur le lac – 
nous niaiseux

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Broadbent

from Heinrich Heine 

"The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood."

senryu – insanely cute =  tellement mignon =  così carino




this boy
is so insanely cute
I'm gonna pass ou ... ...

ce garçon
est tellement mignon
que je m'évan ... ... 

questo ragazzo
è così carino – 
mi sento sveni... ...


Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d'automne - red leaves = feuilles rouges




red leaves their ballet
swirling down the matte fence -
twirling tours en l'air *

* ballet term: literally 'turn in the air') a jump with a full rotation in the air,
here in the plural = jumps with a full rotation in the air 

feuilles rouges
ballet sur la clôture matte  -
tours rapides en l'air

* terminologie de ballet: littéralement 'tout dans l'air') un saut à pleine rotation dans l'air, soit au plural dans ce cas =  des sauts à pleine rotation dans l'air

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Broadbent 2019

winter haiku – look... a woodpecker = voilà qu'un pic




the woodpecker staccato hammer

le pic marteau piqué

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku d'été - the kingfisher = la martin pêcheur




the kingfisher
skirts the reedy shoreline
slighting shrill loons

le martin pêcheur
suit la rive et s'en fout
des huards criards

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


autumn haiku d'automne - the hunter's full moon = ... la lune du chasseur




5-7-5

the hunter's full moon
over the wilderness lake -
faint watercolours

la pleine lune du chasseur
survole le lac forestier -
aquarelles fanées

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The hunter's moon is the Algonquin name for the October moon.
La pleine du chasseur, c'est le nom algonquin de la lune d'octobre.



double senryu – in the cat's eyes = aux yeux du chat + in our human eyes = aux yeux des humains




in the cat's eyes
a universe
of silver suns

aux yeux du chat
un univers
de soleils d'argent

un gatto vede
un universo
di soli d'argento




in our human eyes
a universe
of black holes

aux yeux des humains
un univers
de trous noirs

un umano vede
un universo
di buchi neri

Richard Vallance

photos public domain

senryu – up-swept hair = cheveux relevés


senryu – up-swept hair =  cheveux relevés




up-swept hair
bedroom eyes –
come on kiss him too!

cheveux relevés
les yeux langoureux  –
baise-le toi-même !

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



summer haiku – a dead crow = un corbeau mort




a dead crow
by the gravel road
struck by a stone

un corbeau mort
sur la route de gravier
frappé par une pierre

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

I simply adore crows. They are so smart. J'adore tellement les corbeaux. Ils sont si intelligents.



senryu – what me? I never   = je ne vois jamais




what me? I never
see a boy I never like -
how's about you?

je ne vois jamais
un beau garçon que je n'aime pas -
et toi alors ?

Richard Vallance

illustrated senryu illustré © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019 
painting, Hesiod and the Muse (1857) by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898)
peinture, Hésiode et la Muse ( 1857 ) par Gustave Moreau ( 1826-1898 )

Sonnet The Vallances


Sonnet The Vallances




for Judy, Meagan, Holly, Mitchell all the Vallances

Here's Richard Vallance, Judy Harris Vallance,
Meagan Holly and Mitchell, nieces and nephew,
Bill Vallance, Donna too and a fine chance 
plenty more abound, and you know it's true.

Our family crest bespeaks of Normandie
where we lived our lives in lavish wealth
where we were crowned as ducal royalty
and never had to hide from court in stealth.

The King of France was our next of kin
and Notre Dame our angelic home,
where the chartreuse Seine quelled the city's din
silenced by our cathedral's holy dome.

And though you wonder why we're Scots by blood
the fleur-de-lys is our indigo bud.

Richard Vallance

October 14 2019

This is my family on my mother's side, as my full name is Richard Vallance Janke. We are in fact descended from the ducal family, De Valence, in Normandy and were related to the King of France in the thirteenth century.


winter haiku d'hiver – the bounty hunter = le chasseur de primes




the bounty hunter
snares a wight fox pup
snapped in half

le chasseur de primes
piège un chiot renard blanc
craqué en deux 

Richard Vallance

NOTE: I fully realize that haiku such as this one probably disgust some of you folks, but I am trying to wake you up to human cruelty and our destruction of wildlife.

Je me rends compte du fait que des haiku tels que celui-ci peuvent écoureur plusieurs parmi vous, mais je tente de vous réveiller à la cruauté humaine et à notre destruction de la faune sauvage.

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