Tag Archive: summer



summer haiku d'été - see the cat sashay =  voilà le chat





how the cat flounces
over the cumulus cloud -
she'll never fall through

voilà le chat
qui bondit sur le nuage -
elle en chute ? jamais

Richard Vallance

photo public domainI believe cats to be spirits come to earth.  A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” (Jules Verne 1850-1905)

" Je crois que les chats sont des esprits venus sur terre. Le chat, j'en suis convaincu, pourrait marcher sur un nuage. " ( Jules Verne 1850-1905 )


summer haiku d'été – the rainbow = l'arc-en-ciel





the rainbow
in the raindrop
mirrors zen

l'arc-en-ciel
dans la goutte de pluie
miroir du zen

Richard Vallance

photo public domain/ domaine public – special effects/
effets spéciaux by/ par Richard Vallance

summer haiku – puppy love = amour de chiot


summer haiku – puppy love = amour de chiot




e've ice for u
dis rouse harts me mout –
puppy wuv

First line revised: e've ice fur u

il n'y ou quai toy
cette rouse blouse moi buche
amure de cheeot

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – nothing is fairer = rien n'est plus belle






nothing is fairer
than the vermilion rose
than her blush

rien n'est plus belle
que la rose vermeille
que son éclat

Richard Vallance

photo Wikimedia Commons:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vermilion_Rose_PIC00007.JPG


summer haiku – a surfeit of kits = mais quel bouquet





a surfeit of kits?
skunks as cute as buttons –
subtle perfume

mais quel bouquet !
ces mouffettes si mignonnes –
parfum subtil

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

The following terms apply to skunks: “surfeit” is a group of skunks; “kits” or kittens are the babies.







summer haiku – thistles on the heath = chardons sur la lande





thistles on the heath
where the wind always whistles
to the airs of clouds

chardons sur la lande
où le vent siffle toujours
aux voix des nuages

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d'été – the unruffled swan = le cygne serein





Zen

the unruffled swan
paddles around the lake – 
we're all google-eyed 

le cygne serein
nage sereinement sur le lac – 
nous niaiseux

Richard Vallance

photo © by Richard Broadbent

from Heinrich Heine 

"The swan, like the soul of the poet, By the dull world is ill understood."

summer haiku d'été - the kingfisher = la martin pêcheur




the kingfisher
skirts the reedy shoreline
slighting shrill loons

le martin pêcheur
suit la rive et s'en fout
des huards criards

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

summer haiku – the rainbow = l’arc-en-ciel


summer haiku – the rainbow = l'arc-en-ciel 




the rainbow hues
he brushes on 
secrets of his soul

il est si zébré
de l'arc-en-ciel
où l'âme se cache

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku – the rain massages = la pluie masse




the rain massages
his slender body 
wet to my embrace

la pluie masse
son corps svelte mouillé
que j'embrasse encore

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d'été – the village fountain = the fontaine du village




in the pouring rain
the village fountain
where a bluebird frolics

là dans l'averse
la fontaine du village
où joue un merle bleu

Richard Vallance


summer haiku – plovers dash = les pluviers filent


summer haiku – plovers dash =  les pluviers filent




plovers dash
over the sun-dashed sands –
razzle-dazzle

les pluviers filent
sur les sables ensoleillés –
qu'ils m'éblouissent ! 

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – the hummingbird = le colibri


summer haiku – the hummingbird = le colibri 




the hummingbird
buzzed on nectar
her rose's fine wine

le colibri 
aviné par le nectar
le vin de sa rose

Richard Vallance

photo public domain 


tragic summer haiku d'été tragique – a pelican = un pélican = un pellicano




a pelican
wailing... help!
glued to oil

un pélican 
hurle ... au secours !
collé à l'huile

un pellicano
grida... aiuto!
bloccato in olio

Richard Vallance

photo public domain


summer haiku d'été – damn you Brit hunters = chasseurs anglais

damn you Brit hunters
blasting red foxes!
murder in cold blood





vous chasseurs anglais
tuez les renards roux !
meurtre de sang-froid

Richard Vallance

photo public domain



summer haiku d'été – my plumage in the rain = mon plumage dans la pluie




this is me
my plumage in the rain
burble burble

oui c'est moi
mon plumage dans la pluie
glougoule

questo sono io
il piume sotto la poggia
glu glu glu


Richard Vallance

photo public domain



summer haiku d'été – thunderheads = nuages d'orage




thunderheads
brewing on the horizon –
our sails quaver

nuages d'orage
qui s'amassent à l'horizon – 
nos voiles frémissent

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Robert Horrobin




summer haiku d'été – fawn surprised = faon surpris




fawn surprised
by my off-the-cuff photo
licks my hand

faon surpris
par ma photo impromptue
lèche ma main

Richard Vallance

photo © by Régis Auffray 2019

summer haiku d’été – I caress you = je te caresse


summer haiku d'été – I caress you = je te caresse




I caress you, fair lad,  
in the summer of our love,
our souls clear ponds

je te caresse, garçon
l'été de notre amour,
étangs clairs nos âmes

Richard Vallance

The Film Eastern Boys by Robin Campillo, actors Olivier Rabourdin et Kirill Emelyanov, the boy
Le Film Eastern Boys de Robin Campillo, Comédiens Olivier Rabourdin et Kirill Emelyanov, le garçon



summer haiku d'été – how Mount Soracte = que le mont Soracte  




how Mount Soracte
shimmers with snow –
let's quaff our wine

la neige miroitée
sur le mont Soracte –
buvons le vin

come Monte Soracte
luccica con la neve -
beviamo il vino

mons Soracte
lucet nivi -
bibamus vinum

Richard Vallance

Original Latin:

Vides ut alta stet nive candidum
Soracte nec iam sustineant onus
silvae laborantes geluque
flumina constiterint acuto? 

Dissolve frigus ligna super foco
large reponens atque benignius
deprome quadrimum Sabina,
o Thaliarche, merum diota. 

Permitte divis cetera, qui simul
stravere ventos aequore fervido
deproeliantis, nec cupressi
nec veteres agitantur orni. 

Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere, et
quem fors dierum cumque dabit, lucro
adpone nec dulcis amores
sperne, puer, neque tu choreas,

donec uirenti canities abest
morosa. Nunc et Campus et areae
lenesque sub noctem susurri
composita repetantur hora, 

nunc et latentis proditor intumo
gratus puellae risus ab angulo
pignusque dereptum lacertis
aut digito male pertinaci. 

Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65-8 BCE) 

Pronounce like Italian.

painting by/ par Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875)

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