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senryu - my dearest puppy = mon chien chéri

my dearest puppy,
your fur a dream of snow -
struck dead by a car

my dearest puppy 620

mon chien chéri,
ton poil un rêve de neige -
tué par une auto

Richard Vallance

in memoriam my friend, Serina Wang’s dear white dog, killed a car...

à la mémoire du joli chien blanc de mon amie Serina Wang, celui qui a été écrasé par une auto ...


summer haiku d’été – the periwinkle = la pervenche cligne

the periwinkle
winks at her leaves – 
my lover’s the sun!

periwinkle 620

la pervenche cligne
de l’oeil à ses feuilles –
soleil, mon amant ! 

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – icebergs drifting = icebergs à la dérive

icebergs drifting
down iceberg alley –
daisies wave at them

icebergs 620

icebergs à la dérive
dans l’allée des icebergs –
tant de marguerites

Richard Vallance


							

summer haiku d’été – a twisted red pine = un pin rouge tordu

a twisted red pine
on the cliff I climb –
I’m bent out of shape

twisted pine 620

un pin rouge tordu
sur la falaise que je grimpe –
moi, je suis tordu

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – pine needles = aiguilles de pin rouge

red pine needles
and cones strewn on the ground –
a chipmunk streaks by

red pine cones 620

aiguilles et pommes
de pin rouge échus au sol –
un suisse y court vite

Richard Vallance


autumn haiku d’automne – soaked by drizzle = trempé par la bruine

soaked by drizzle
on a gloomy day –
what a wet rag!

soaked by drizzle 620

trempé par la bruine,
un jour maussade –
chiffon mouillé !

Richard Vallance


							

autumn haiku d’automne – seagulls hem in = les mouettes entourent

seagulls hem in
the lighthouse the fog masks –
sharks case the wreck

fog bank 620

les mouettes entourent
le phare dans le brouillard  –
requins à l’épave

Richard Vallance


early spring haiku du début de printemps – you poor creaking trees! = les pauvres arbres !

you poor creaking trees!
the wind moaning and groaning –
you call this spring?

you call this spring 620

les pauvres arbres !
le vent ne cesse de gémir –
ça c’est le printemps ?

Richard Vallance 

Although it is April 4, it is only going to be 2 celsius today, with a low of – 10 tonight! Proof positive. Just look at this photo of the woods behind my house.

Bien que ce soit le 4 avril, la température aujourd’hui sera seulement 2 celsius et elle va tomber jusqu’à 10 cette nuit ! Veux-tu la preuve ? Regarder donc la photo du bois en arrière de ma maison.


early spring haiku du début de printemps – no robins in sight = rouges-gorges absents

no robins in sight,
waxing colder and colder!
no rhyme or reason

no robins 620

rouges-gorges absents,
froid et encore plus froid !
sans rime ni raison

Richard Vallance 

Although it is April 4, it is only going to be 2 celsius today, with a low of – 10 tonight! Proof positive. Just look at this photo of my front yard.

Bien que ce soit le 4 avril, la température aujourd’hui sera seulement 2 celsius et elle va tomber jusqu’à 10 cette nuit ! Veux-tu la preuve ? Regarder donc la photo de la cour devant ma maison.


summer haiku d’été – waves tickle my feet = pieds chatouillés

on a hot day
waves tickle my feet 
running into fun!

waves tickle my feet 620

un jour chaud
mes pieds chatouillés - 
je cours vers le fun !

Richard Vallance


senryu – a shy boy = un garçon timide

a shy boy
as slim as a gazelle
warding off fear

Platt Lynes shy

un garçon timide
aussi mince qu’une gazelle
qui repousse la peur

Richard Vallance



the fog bank shrouding
the lighthouse on the cliff –
the chill down my spine!

lighthouse in the fog 620

le banc de brume voile
le phare sur la falaise –
quel froid dans le dos !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – seaside sand grass = les herbes marines 

seaside sand grass,
sailboat on the horizon –
let’s share the merlot!

sandy beach 620

les herbes marines,
voilier à l’horizon –
partageons le merlot !

Richard Vallance

for/ pour Colette Genest, photo by/ par Colette Genest


senryu – my innocent eyes... mes yeux innocents ...

my innocent eyes...
who shredded the cushion?
wee kitty... me? you!

my innocent eyes 620

mes yeux innocents ...
le coussin en lambeaux  –
chaton ... moi ? toi !

Richard Vallance


senryu – my kitties quilt = édredon de chats

my kitties quilt,
I’m nice and tucked in –
I’m gonna doze off!

kitties quilt 620

l’édredon de chats,
je suis bien bordé –
je dois m’endormir !

Richard Vallance


Easter haiku de paques – a young lad = le jeune garçon 

a young lad,
lilies in his hand –
seraphim of peace

youth with lilies 620

le jeune garçon,
des lis dans ses mains – 
l’ange de la paix

Richard Vallance

photo by/ par Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856-1931)


senryu – Wally you dolly = toi, Wally poupée

Wally you dolly
norwegian forest cat  –
what a  ruff, what tufts!

Wally

toi, Wally poupée
chat forestier norvégien –
quelle collerette !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku = virgin of the sea, in Mycenaean Linear B, ancient Greek, English and French

Priestess of the Winds 620

virgin of the sea,
the priestess of the winds
blesses our fleet

vièrge de la mer,
la prêtresse des vents
bénit notre flotte 
 
Richard Vallance


2 haiku in Mycenaean Linear B, ancient Greek, English and French, believe it or not! Believe it!

sheep 2 haiku in Linear B



winter haiku d’hiver - crystal florets = fleurs de cristal

crystal florets 
glazed on the panes -
frozen in time

crystal flowers 620

fleurs de cristal
glacées dans la vitrine - 
gelées par le temps 

Richard Vallance


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