Tag Archive: senryu


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

Richard Vallance

with my first attempt in years at Italian!


senryu - my kitty boo boos = ma chatte fait un bobo

my kitty boo boos -
she quaffs wine from a saucer
hangover




ma chatte fait un bobo -
elle boit du vin d’une soucoupe
gueule de bois

Richard Vallance

photo by/ par Richard Vallance © 2019

senryu – the pupil = la pupille


senryu – the pupil = la pupille

the pupil
in the starry iris –
just a black hole?





la pupille
dans l’iris étoilé –
rien qu’un trou noir ?

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


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.


senryu - would you join me = m’accompagnez-vous 

would you join me,
my fine feathered friends?
... lots to crow about!




m’accompagnez-vous,
mes amis aux plumes fines ?
... l’on va pavoiser !
 
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


senryu – I’m bent out of shape = je suis hors moi

I’m bent out of shape
by all your stupid barking!
who needs dogs?




je suis hors moi
à cause de vos aboiements bêtes !
à bas les chiens !

Richard Vallance

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