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spring haiku de printemps – while on my computer = moi à l’ordinateur

while on my computer 
I listen through mist and snow
to the first seagull

first seagull 620

moi à l’ordinateur
j’écoute à travers la brume
la première mouette

Richard Vallance

This actually just happened a moment ago.  Cela s’est passé à l’instant.


spring haiku - haiku de printemps – snow flakes flutter by = flocons de neiges

snow flakes flutter by -
infinite mandalas
simply melt away

snowflakes mandalas 620

flocons de neiges,
mandalas infinis
qui fondent enfin

Richard Vallance


so-called spring haiku = soi-disant haiku de printemps – shoveling snowbanks = congères pelletées

shoveling snowbanks 
blanketing our junipers  – 
what on earth is spring?

shoveling snowbanks haiku 620

congères pelletées – 
nos genévriers couverts  – 
qu’est-ce le printemps ?

Richard Vallance

Even though it is March 20, there are huge snowbanks in my front yard! Yuk! I took this photo yesterday to prove it.

Bien que ce soit le 20 mars, il y a des congères énormes dans ma cour ! Beurk ! J’ai pris cette photo hier, afin de prouver que c’est vrai. 


							

winter haiku d’hiver - sidewalk, dead of night - = trottoir la nuit

sidewalk, dead of night -
who will you see in the snow?
who on earth sees you?

sidwalk in a blizzard 620

trottoir la nuit -
qui vois-tu dans la neige ?
personne ne te voit ...

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – no robin singing = aucun rouge-gorge 

a snowy morning –
I guess spring is in hiding –
no robin singing

no robin regis auffray 620

matin enneigé –
le printemps se cache-t-il ?
aucun rouge-gorge ne chante

Régis Auffray

photo by Régis Auffray

translated into French by Richard Vallance

traduit en français par Richard Vallance


winter spring haiku d’hiver – rain over ice = pluie sur glace

rain over ice,
the bleakest blue liturgy
streaks our window sill

rain over ice 620

pluie sur neige,
la liturgie la plus triste
tache la fenêtre

Richard Vallance
 

winter haiku d’hiver – Argentée growls = Argentée grogne

Argentée growls
on the snowy mill wheel?
nah! she yawns

Argentee growls 620

Argentée grogne
sur la roue du moulin ?
mais non ! elle baille

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – Argentée hip =  Argentée alerte

Argentée hip
to chattering chickadees –
a nice light snack

nice light snack 620

Argentée alerte
aux mésanges qui jasent –
casse-croûte léger

Richard Vallance

When I took this photo in early March 2005, Argentée was just 3 years old. She was highly resistant to winter then because of her thick coat. I distinctly remember it was 3 above zero celsius even though it was late winter.

Quand j’ai pris cette photo au début de mars 2005, Argentée n’avait que trois ans. Elle résistait extrêmement bien à l’hiver grâce à son poil épais.  Je me souviens distinctement de la température ce jour-à, soit 3 degrés en-dessus de zéro celsius, car il faisit assez frais.    


winter haiku d’hiver – freezing clouds = nuages si froids

freezing clouds
over frozen pines –
damn!... my fingers freeze

frozen trees 620

nuages si froids
qui survolent les pins givrés  –
zut ! mes doigts gèlent 

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – in swirling snow = tourbillons de neige

in swirling snow
the chickadee dies asleep –  
wings forever sealed

chickadee dies 620

tourbillons de neige –
la mésange endormie meurt –
ailes à jamais closes

Richard Vallance


tragic winter haiku d’hiver tragique – in blinding snow = neige aveuglante –

in blinding snow
a train hurtles down the tracks
where her car stalls

car stalls haiku 610

neige aveuglante –
un train passe en trombe 
où son auto cale

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps – sloshing through slush = dans la gadoue

sloshing through slush
in my driveway –
my soggy ole’ socks

slush haiku 620

pris dans la gadoue
dans mon allée  –
les bas mouillés

Richard Vallance


haiku d’hiver – your birthday in Japanese kanji, for Jim Dunlap = ton anniversaire en kanji japonais, pour Jim Dunlap

I have seen the night
shedding her tears over snow
her full moon mirrors

Jim Dunlap your birthday in Japanese 620

moi, j’ai vu la nuit
verser ses larmes sur la neige
que sa lune reflète

Richard Vallance

The day kanji for the 3rd. day = tears and the 1st. month = moon

Le kanji de du troisième jour du mois, c’est les larmes, et celui pour le premier mois, c’est la lune.   


spring haiku de printemps – spring, I beg you, spring = printemps, je te supplie

spring, I beg you, spring,
I’m sick of the f**king snow!...
step on the gas! 

tulips in the snow 620

printemps, je te supplie,
maudite neige, j’en ai marre ! ...
dépêche-toi !

Richard Vallance



winter haiku d’hiver – white cranes in snow = grues blanches dans la neige

white cranes in snow
whirl around one another –
clairvoyant ballet 

cranes dancing in the snow 620

grues blanches dans la neige,
quels tourbillons dans la neige ! –
ballet clairvoyant 

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – a gift for my son = cadeau pour mon fils 

a gift for my son 
the spider in amber
lost in the snow

a spider in amber 620

cadeau pour mon fils 
l’araignée dans l’ambre
perdue dans la neige

Richard Vallance


spring haiku de printemps - equinox sunlight = soleil d’équinoxe

equinox sunlight
pouring down on snow-
snowdrops... peekaboo!

sowdrops in the snow 620

soleil d’équinoxe
qui fond la neige si vite - 
perce-neige... coucou !

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – a dusting of snow = la neige légère

a dusting of snow
in the fading twilight 
where once sweet birds sang

where once sweet birds sang 620

la neige légère
au crépuscule si pâle,
les oiseaux partis

Richard Vallance

screen capture from a video by Régis Auffray of snowfall outside his home.

capture d’écran d’une vidéo par Régis Auffray de la chute de neige autour de sa maison.

directly inspired by William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73, also here:
inspiré par le sonnet 73 de  William Shakespeare, ici:

Shakespeare Sonnet 73 bare ruin'd choirs



winter haiku d’hiver – snow in Las Vegas = neige à Las Vegas

snow in Las Vegas,
winter takes all –
who’d ever bet?

snow in Las Vegas 620

neige à Las Vegas,
l’hiver remporte la mise –
mais quel pari !

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – snow in Sedona = neige à Sedona

snow in Sedona
cacti poking spines through snow –
chilling reminder

Sedona snow cactus 620

neige à Sedona
cacti épineux dans la neige –
rappel du froid

Richard Vallance

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