Tag Archive: sea



summer haiku d’été – the kite soars over = le milan survole

the kite soars over
wave over ocean wave 
pursuing our kites

kite bird and kites 620

le milan survole
les vagues déferlantes
et chasse nos cerfs-volants

Richard Vallance

The kite is a bird of prey. This is a play-on-words in English. Le milan est un oiseau de proie.


spring haiku de printemps – on a rainy day = un jour pluvieux

on a rainy day
a kestrel skirts the bay –
echoes in the pines

kestrel 620

un jour pluvieux
une crécerelle survole la baie –
échos des pins

Richard Vallance


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


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


summer haiku d’été – dragon inflamed = dragon en colère

dragon inflamed
by the hammering waves –
this means war!

Hokusai_Dragon 620

dragon en colère
à cause des vagues violentes –
c’est la guerre !
 
Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – tiger by the sea = tigre et la mer

tiger by the sea
snarling at the surf –
king of his wild realm

tiger by the ocean 620

tigre et la mer
qui gronde aux vagues –
roi de son royaume

Richard Vallance 



summer haiku d’été – how blue spruce trees crown = les sapins couronnent

how blue spruce trees crown
the cliffs commanding the sea! –
teal solitude

blue spruce by the sea 620

les sapins couronnent
les falaises qui règnent sur la mer –
solitude bleue 

Richard Vallance

Note that the word – teal - not exist in French.

À remarquer que le mot – teal – n’existe pas en français.


summer haiku d’été – by the seashore = au bord de la mer

by the cool seashore
I whisper “love” in your ear
with a wee peck

boys by the seashore 620

au bord de la mer
je chuchote « que je t’aime ! »
avec un poutou

Richard Vallance

 
for/ pour Louis-Dominique


summer haiku d’été – koi, brocaded carp =  koi, la carpe brodée

koi, brocaded carp
in seashore shallows
nibbling on seaweed

koi haiku

koi, la carpe brodée
dans l’eau peu profonde
qui grignote les algues

Richard Vallance

The Japanese word for brocaded carp is KOI. This word is sometimes found in Japanese haiku.

six koi

Le mot japonais qui signifie la carpe brodée, c’est KOI. Ce mot se trouve parfois dans les haikus japonais.


autumn haiku d’automne – the Celtic cross = la croix celtique

the Celtic cross
on the Irish coastline
worn out by the sea

celtic-cross 620

la croix celtique
au littoral irlandais
usée par la mer

Richard Vallance

the Celtic cross on the Irish coastline worn out by the sea la croix celtique au littoral irlandais usée par la mer Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – orcas = orques


summer haiku d’été – orcas = orques

orcas dying off
in yet another straight  –
we’ve done it again!

orcas 620

les orques meurent
dans un autre détroit –
nous, les meurtriers !

Richard Vallance

The orcas, of which only 74 are left in the wild, are facing extinction. We have only to blame ourselves for this horrific mess.  Once again, we humans, being as destructive as we so often are, are killing off one species after another, including elephants, rhinoceres, wolverines and polar bears, to name but a few.

Les orques, dont seulement 74 existent encore à l’état sauvage, sont menacés d’extinction. Cette situation grave est sans doute de notre faute. Encore une fois, nous autres, les humains destructifs, tuent tant d’espèces, y inclus les éléphants, les rhinocéros, les carcajous et les ours polaires, parmi autant d’autres.



Summer haiku - Knossos by the sea = Knossos au bord de la mer in Linear B, ancient Greek, English and French

haiku-konoso-para-tarasa-anemoiyereya-f

Konoso
para tarasa
anemoiereya 

Knwsso/j
para_ qa&ssash]
a21nemou i'e/ria

Knossos 
by the sea
Priestess of the winds

Knossos
au bord de la mer
prêtresse des vents

Richard Vallance



spring haiku de printemps – lemmings leaping = les lemmings qui bondissent

lemmings leaping
off a cliff into the sea -
sheer lunacy?

lemmings haiku 620

les lemmings qui bondissent
d’une falaise dans la mer -
folie flagrante ?

Richard Vallance

I am astounded that no-one seems to get the pun in this funny little haiku and that no-one likes it.


poème par Louis-Dominique Genest dévoué à la chère mémoire de Daisy, 2003-2015
poem by Louis-Dominique Genest dedicated in loving memory of Daisy, 2003-2015

Adieu petite écaille de tortue.
Tu es morte dans la baignoire
comme pour retourner à l'eau,
à la mer originelle
et aller te souder à l'éternité. 

poem for Daisy by Louis-Dominique Genest 620

English translation:

Adieu little tortoiseshell.
You died in the bathtub
as though returning to water,
to the primeval sea
where you have married yourself to eternity.

Louis-Dominique Genest
le 28 décembre December 28 2018



summer haiku d’été – cormorant diving for fish = cormoran qui plonge 

cormorant
diving for fish –
on target... or not

cormorant haiku

cormoran
qui plonge aux poissons –
il trouve sa cible

Richard Vallance Janke
 


Linear A haiku: the hollow ships on the vermilion sea:

Linear A haiku hollow ships on the vermilion sea

 

 

Linear A haiku: the sea emmer wheat raindrops


Linear A haiku: the sea emmer wheat raindrops:

Believe it or not, I was also able to compose a haiku in Linear A, which reads as follows,

Linear A haiku tarasa kunisu rani

Note that while the word for sea, tarasa, does not appear on any extant Linear A tablets or fragments, it does appear in the pre-Greek substratum, and may very well have existed in the Minoan vernacular. 


 


Mandala and Mycenaean haiku: the sea, the circle of heaven, the sun:

Mandala the circle of heaven Mycenaean haku the sea the circle of heaven the sun

I found this astonishingly beautiful mandala on the Twitter account of my friend, Marie Marshall, who is an accomplished poet. I decided to write my own haiku in Mycenaean Greek, archaic Greek, English and French to complement it. For those of you who cannot read Greek, this is how the Greek sounds, thalassa/kuklos ouranoyo/heilios. Beautiful eh? I am sure Marie will love it! … and so will you! I Know I do.

 


2 more haiku in Mycenaean Linear B, ancient Greek, English & French, this time about silence in the temple…

 eni-temeno

 


All new photos of the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, Santorini, by Thalassa Farkas, Canada, 2016: Part C – Theran/Minoan ship

Here are two photos of a lovely Theran/Minoan ship, the ultimate in luxury sailing, complete with a canopy and with a bowsprit sporting a sun and a gorgeous little butterfly. What exquisite taste these Therans and Minoans had!


theran-ship-a

theran-ship-b

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