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summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge


summer haiku – the red, red rose = la rose si rouge

the red, red rose
I cup in your hands  –
the blush on your cheeks




la rose si rouge
que je mets dans tes mains –
tes joues roses

Richard Vallance

senryu – lapis lazuli


senryu – lapis lazuli

lapis lazuli
inlaid in a silver ring –
royal talisman 




lapis lazuli
dans une alliance d’argent –
talisman royal

Richard Vallance

illustration, ancient Minoan silver ring inlaid with lapis lazuli, ca. 1,500 BCE
Illustration, alliance minoen d’argent marqueté de lapis lazuli, vers 1.500 AVJC


summer haiku – lighting flash = un coup d’éclair

thunderhead,
lighting flash –
hide under the bed!




un nuage de tonnerre,  
un coup d’éclair –
cache-toi sous le lit !

Richard Vallance
 

funny senryu rigolo! – a frowning ghost =  un fantôme fâché

a frowning ghost
with yellow boobs –
two fried eggs




un fantôme fâché
aux nibards jaunes –
deux oeufs au plat 
 
Richard Vallance

Now don't get all twisted out of shape if you don't like the word boobs! This is meant to be funny, that's all.

summer haiku – a ginger cat = un chat roux


summer haiku – a ginger cat = un chat roux

a ginger cat
scouts a blue butterfly –
entente cordiale




un chat roux
guette un papillon bleu –
entente cordiale

Richard Vallance
 

summer haiku – a flash of lightning = un seul éclair
 
a flash of lightning
thunder rumbles in the sky
the sweet scent of rain




un seul éclair
le tonnerre gronde dans le ciel
le parfum de la pluie

Régis Auffray

translated into French/ traduit en français par 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 – are you flowers = êtes-vous des fleurs

are these flowers
or an alien face?
see with your own eyes 




êtes-vous des fleurs
ou un visage extraterrestre ?
vois avec tes yeux
 
Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – a deer and her fawn = la biche et son faon

a deer and her fawn
on the river heights –
no wolves in sight 




la biche et son faon
sur l’éminence du fleuve –
pas de loups en vue

Richard Vallance

senryu – yes you are = oui, c’est toi


senryu – yes you are = oui, c’est toi

yes you are
my special angel –
your voice my music! 




oui c’est toi
mon ange spécial -
ta voix ma musique !

Richard Vallance

The actor is Tommy Knight. He is so astonishingly cute I think, no, I know I have a crush on him! What stunning blue eyes! If you do not think this actor is gorgeous, you have to be nuts!  I think I am going to fain...

For the lyrics and song, You are my special angel, see:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiVYvdKjzYA




senryu – angel Raphael = l’ange Raphael

angel Raphael
incarnate
you’re my own son




l’ange Raphael
incarné
tu es mon fils

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the pigeon’s shadow = l’ombre du pigeon

the pigeon’s shadow
on scorching concrete...
footsies ow ow!

l’ombre du pigeon
sur le béton brûlant ...
ses pieds ouille !




Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – lazy ole’ lynx = lynx paresseux

lazy ole’ lynx
lollin’ in the grass –
it ain’t catnip but...




lynx paresseux
qui se prélasse dans l’herbe  –
l’herbe aux chats ? non, mais ...

Richard Vallance


funny senryu rigolo – keep calm = reste calme

keep calm
and be a lynx  – 
I am




reste calme
et sois un lynx
comme moi

Richard Vallance


funny Japanese autumn haiku, not the frog again!  – haiku rigolo japonais d’automne, pas encore la grenouille ! 

in the cold pond
the frog croaks his last – 
and croaks *

* The English pun cannot be replicated in French.




dans l’étang froid
la grenouille coasse... la fin – 
elle est morte *

* Le jeu de mots en anglais ne se reproduit pas en français. De toute façon, ça reste comique !

Richard Vallance  

senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent


senryu – rummaging = ils fourragent

rummaging
through the dump –
starving polar bears




maigres ils fourragent
parmi la décharge –
les ours polaires

Richard Vallance



summer haiku d’été − Russian sailor = marin russe

Russian sailor
on his tall ship −
some tall order!




marin russe
sur son grand voilier −
mais quel grand défi !

Richard Vallance

NOTE that a tall ship is a special kind of sailing vessel with very tall masts. 

spring haiga de printemps – two lilacs = deux lilas

two lilacs  – 
when I’m in love
they are too




deux lilas  – 
si je suis amoureux
eux aussi

Richard Vallance


summer haiga d’été – floral decoupage =  découpage de fleurs

floral decoupage
my mother’s last –
mixed emotions




découpage de fleurs
l’ultime de ma mère –
je suis en émoi

Richard Vallance

I now have this lovely decoupage in my hallway, the last my mother, Agnes Vallance Janke, ever made in 1995 before she passed away on August 18, 1997.  


spring haiga de printemps – surfing in waves = déferlant en vagues 

surfing in waves
by the forest path
trilliums bloom




déferlant en vagues 
près du sentier du bois
les trilles fleurissent

Richard Vallance

photo by Richard Vallance, May 2019

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