Tag Archive: senryu


senryu – the unicorn = la licorne = l’unicorno


senryu – the unicorn = la licorne = l'unicorno




fair demoiselle, 
cherish the unicorn...
how he adores you!

belle demoiselle,
chéris la licorne ...
comme il t'adore !

bella demoiselle,
ama l'unicorno
chi ti adora!

Richard Vallance 
   
Tapestry, The Lady and the Unicorn, woven in silk and wool, Flanders 1500
Tapisserie, La dame et la licorne, tissée en soie et laine, Flandres 1500   

senryu – a monster shoves = un monstre pousse


senryu – a monster shoves = un monstre pousse

a monster shoves
in the trash his bloodied dog 
an angel hears wail

un monstre pousse
dans la poubelle son chien blessé
qu'un cher ange sauve

Richard Vallance


This is one of the vilest instances of animal cruelty I have ever seen. The pig tied his severely injured 9 month old puppy in a plastic bag and tossed her in the garbage. Thank God the poor wee tyke was saved and love was showered on him. I strongly urge everyone to comment on this appalling act! Please visit this site, I love my dogs so much, for the terrible story with a sweet ending (and you may weep as I did):


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senryu – I groom you = je te lèche = ti lecco


senryu – I groom you = je te lèche = ti lecco





I groom you
you groom me ...
we're wee kitties... see!

je te lèche 
tu me lèches ...
nous, petits chatons !

ti lecco
mi lecchi ... si
siamo cuccioli! 

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – if I think = si je pense = se penso


senryu – if I think = si je pense = se penso




if I think
of you I'll dream
of the universe

si je pense
à toi je rêve
de l'univers

se penso
di te sogno
dell'universo

Richard Vallance

senryu – captive unicorn = licorne captive


senryu – captive unicorn = licorne captive 




captive unicorn,
who will free your soul
to your demesne?

licorne captive ,
qui va libérer ton âme
à ton demesne ? *

* français médiéval pour « domaine »

Richard Vallance

Tapestry, The Unicorn in Captivity (1495-1505), luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads 

senryu – the paper flower = la fleur en papier


senryu – the paper flower = la fleur en papier

the paper flower
on a blank page – 
unvoiced memories




la fleur en papier
sur une page blanche – 
mémoires sans voix

Richard Vallance

senryu – vaping kittie = chat qui vapote


senryu – vaping kittie = chat qui vapote




vaping kittie
space cadet  –
your eyes out of whack

chat qui vapote
cadet de l'espace –
tes yeux détraqués

gatto svapando
cadetto spaziale -
gli occhi fuori fase

Richard Vallance

image cushion at my place = coussin chez moi

senryu – Silhouette


senryu – Silhouette

Silhouette
God's Tuxedo miracle –
boy she knows it!




Silhouette
le miracle Tuxedo de Dieu – 
et elle le sait !

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance 2019

  

senryu – Tuxedo cat = chat Tuxedo


senryu – Tuxedo cat = chat Tuxedo

Tuxedo cat 
so fluffy
achoo! 




chat Tuxedo
au poil si soyeux
achoo !

Richard Vallance


senryu – trips on his cane = trébuche sur sa canne

trips on his cane
bloodied nose
passers-by




trébuche sur sa canne
nez ensanglanté
des passants

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – Mata Hari


senryu – Mata Hari

Mata Hari –
the spell of her grace
dancing to Bizet




Mata Hari –
le charme de sa grâce ...
elle dance à Bizet

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 1906, photographer unknown



senryu – green-eyed Maine Coon = Maine Coon aux yeux verts

green-eyed Maine Coon,
you wee fluffer angel
coddled in my arms




Maine Coon aux yeux verts,
petit un ange doux
couvé dans mes mains

Richard Vallance

senryu – climate crushed = climat abîmé


senryu – climate crushed = climat abîmé

our climate crushed

we sleep until death

slaps us in the face

 

 

climat abîmé

nous dormons mais la mort

nous giflera tous

Richard Vallance

senryu – Adam tames = Adam apprivoise


senryu – Adam tames = Adam apprivoise




Adam tames
and we slaughter –
mass murderers

Adam apprivoise
et nous abattons –
meurtriers de masse

Adam doma
massacriamo -
assassini
Richard Vallance


senryu – how we all tweet = comme nous ‹‹ tweetons ›› = come noi twittiamo




how we all tweet
holding hands
the world around

comme nous ‹‹ tweetons ››
les mains tenues
autour du monde

come noi twittiamo
tenendoci per mano
il mondo intorno

Richard Vallance



senryu – a jackdaw = un choucas

a jackdaw
envisioning
himself




alternate English:

a jackdaw
envisions
himself

un choucas
qui envisage
lui-même

Richard Vallance


senryu - your uncanny eyes = tes yeux troublants

your uncanny eyes
in a charcoal print
in search of...




épreuve de charbon,
tes yeux troublants
à la recherche de ...

Richard Vallance

senryu – who writes poems? - qui écrit des poèmes ?




who writes poems?
who me? never! 
the sea’s the poet

qui écrit des poèmes ?
qui moi ? jamais ! 
la mer c’est le poète

chi scrive poesie?
chi io? mai!
il mare è il poeta
Richard Vallance

Thanks to a comment on Our Haiku Shack by Jean-Philippe Goetz translated into English:

A poet is anyone who writes and anyone who reads. Georges Sand once said: “Anyone who derives genuine pleasure from the sentiments aroused by poetry is a true poet even if he has never written a single verse in his life..."   

Le poète est celui qui écrit et aussi celui qui lit Georges Sand a dit : "... celui qui puise de nobles jouissance(s) dans le sentiment de la poésie est un vrai poète n'eut-t'il pas écrit un seul vers de sa vie ... " 

senryu – every cat = tout les chats


senryu – every cat = tout les chats

every cat
has his day... and *
catches today 



tous les chats
ont leur jour... et 
attrapent aujourd’hui

Richard Vallance

* Usually, ending a line with a conjunction is a bad idea in a haiku, but I think it works here with the pause preceding, giving pause for thought. Please advise. 

International Cat Day, August 8 = le Jour international des chats, le 8 août 

senryu – ocean waves = les vagues de la mer


senryu - ocean waves = les vagues de la mer

ocean waves
rising falling vanishing
our thoughts




les vagues de la mer
surgissent tombent disparaissent
nos pensées
  
le onde del mare
vanno vengono svaniscono 
nostri pensieri

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