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senryu – the magpie watch = la montre de la pie


senryu – the magpie watch = la montre de la pie

the magpie’s wings flare,
splayed blue and white – 
watch out!

magpie watch

les ailes de la pie
se déployent bleues et blanches  – 
gare à toi !

Richard Vallance


Believe it or not, I actually found this astonishing watch for only $20 CDN on amazon.ca and I could not resist buying it.

Croyez-le ou non, je viens en fait de trouver cette montre merveilleuse pour seulement 20 $ CDN sur amazon.ca, et naturellement je devais l’acheter.

senryu – crow stealing dentures = dentiers volés


senryu – crow stealing dentures = dentiers volés

crow stealing dentures
from an old man –
toothless ole’ groggin

crow steals dentures senryu 620

le beau corbeau vole
les dentiers d’un vieillard  –
enfin édenté

Richard Vallance


senryu – Cameron Cuffe

Cameron Cuffe
a cutie on Krypton,
still cuter on Earth!

cameron cuffe krypton 620

Cameron Cuffe
si mignon à Kypton,
plus mignon sur terre !

Richard Vallance

If anyone is wondering whether I am a raving gay boy, I am and proud of it too!

Si par hazard on se demande si je suis gai, et bien, je le suis et j’en suis vraiment fier ! 
 

senryu – your faithful cat = ta chatte fidèle


senryu – your faithful cat = ta chatte fidèle

your faithful cat
dying in searing agony –
her banshee wail 

senryu banshee cat 620

ta chatte fidèle
meurt en douleur fulgurante –
son cri de banshee

Richard Vallance


senryu – blue tile mosaic = mosaique de tuiles

blue tile mosaic,
Christians and Muslims
slaughtered... what fun! 

porto portugal train station freco christians and muslims 620

mosaïque de tuiles,
chrétiens et musulmans
massacrés... Quelle joie !

Richard Vallance

This stunning mosaic is in the train station in Porto, Portugal.

Cette mosaïque étonnante se trouve dans la gare de Porto, au Portugal.


senryu – truth or dare = action ou vérité 

the vampire
dares you, let me in...
if you dare!

let me in

défi du vampire 
laissez-moi entrer ...
si vous l’osez !

Richard Vallance

senryu – a lovely man = un bel homme REVISED


senryu – a lovely man = un bel homme revised révisé

a lovely man
is a jewel in the crown
if his heart is fair

a lovely man senryu


un bel homme
est un bijou de la couronne
si son coeur est juste

Richard Vallance


Why do I write so many haiku? 

Why do I write so many haiku

To put it in the simplest terms I can, because I am so deeply inspired by the astounding beauty of our country, Canada. Being Canadian, I am naturally always moved by the vastness of the natural world in Canada. But that is not all. That is why the vast majority of my haiku are, in a word, uniquely Canadian. Of course, I also write haiku about other places in the world, as well as senryu. I am prolific in haiku, simply because I love them, no matter who writes them, so long as they are beautifully composed. I also published a quarterly haiku journal, Canadian Zen Haiku canadiens, ISSN 1705-4508, from 2004-2010.

Canadian Zen Haiku quarterly

As it so happens, I have been a natural-born poet most of my adult life. I used to write hundreds of sonnets, and I even published a multi-lingual international sonnet anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, which features some 200 sonneteers and poets from around the world.

So you see, poetry, and above all haiku, comes so naturally that it is second-nature to me.  

senryu – peace on earth = la paix sur terre


senryu - peace on earth = la paix sur terre

is seeking
peace on earth
a pipe dream?

peace on earth senryu 620

à la recherche
de la paix sur terre
est-ce une chimère ?

Richard Vallance


senryu – Mekong Delta = le delta de Mékong


senryu – Mekong Delta = le delta de Mékong

memories
of the Mekong Delta
flooded with blood

Mekong Delta senryu

mémoires
du Delta de Mékong
inondé de sang

Richard Vallance

senryu – Dunkirk


senryu - Dunkirk 

British troops
in Dunkirk -
seagulls cry

Dunkirk haiku

les troupes anglaises
à Dunkerque -
les mouettes pleurent

Richard Vallance

Senryu – Eastern Boys


Senryu – Eastern Boys

from “Eastern Boys”
a boy so alluring
who can resist?

tenderness

du film «Eastern Boys»
un garçon si séduisant
qui peut le repousser ?

Richard Vallance

Senryu – lotus illuminated = lotus illuminé


Senryu – lotus illuminated = lotus illuminé

Bahá’i temple  
all humankind lotus
illuminated

senryu bahai temple

temple Bahá’i 
l’humanité lotus
illuminé

Richard Vallance

Set in the Andean foothills, just beyond Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’i Temple of South America is a domed, luminous structure echoing the rolling typography of the mountains where it is located.

This senryu is based on the famous quote of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), founder of the Bahá’i religion, whose name means “The Glory of God”, as follows:The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.”  

What is a senryu? 

A Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. A Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions, or a Japanese poem similar in structure to haiku, but more concerned with human nature, and is often humorous or satiric -- usually in three lines of seventeen kana.   This senryu is concerned with human emotion, or more accurately, human spirituality. It is not meant to be humorous or satirical. Unlike haiku, senryu do not contain season words = kigo. 

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