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summer haiku d’été – the old pond = le vieil étang

the old pond
in a drought –
the sound of




le vieil étang
durant la sécheresse –
le bruit de

Richard Vallance


funny senryu rigolo – keep calm = reste calme

keep calm
and be a lynx  – 
I am




reste calme
et sois un lynx
comme moi

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été − Russian sailor = marin russe

Russian sailor
on his tall ship −
some tall order!




marin russe
sur son grand voilier −
mais quel grand défi !

Richard Vallance

NOTE that a tall ship is a special kind of sailing vessel with very tall masts. 

summer haiga d’été – in southern France = dans le midi

swirling heat 
in southern France –
so sumac thrives




la chaleur accablante 
dans le midi –
le sumac partout

Richard Vallance


summer haiga d’été – floral decoupage =  découpage de fleurs

floral decoupage
my mother’s last –
mixed emotions




découpage de fleurs
l’ultime de ma mère –
je suis en émoi

Richard Vallance

I now have this lovely decoupage in my hallway, the last my mother, Agnes Vallance Janke, ever made in 1995 before she passed away on August 18, 1997.  


summer haiku d’été – yellow hibiscus = hibiscus jaune

yellow hibiscus
by the lanai –
sunlit dew




hibiscus jaune
près de la véranda –
rosée au soleil

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été = a stream of sunlight = tout ensoleillé

a stream of sunlight
framed in the bay window
glossing my cat’s fur




lustré par le soleil
à travers la baie vitrée
le poil de mon chat

Richard Vallance

haiku d’été – perched in a tree = perchés dans l’arbre

perched high in the tree
a murder of squawking crows –
goofy guffaws




perchés dans l’arbre
plusieurs corbeaux stridents –
comme ils gloussent !

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été - chirping in the grass = elle stridule dans l’herbe

chirping in the grass
the iridescent grasshopper -
a warm day’s rondeau




elle stridule dans l’herbe,
la sauterelles iridescente  -
rondeau d’un jour chaud

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – my Tuxedo cat = mon chat Tuxedo

my Tuxedo cat,
fur fluttering in the wind –
easy breezy boy

Tuxedo colours

mon chat Tuxedo,
son poil flottant au vent –
garçon débonnaire

Richard Vallance


funny summer haiku d’été rigolo – on our clothesline = sur la corde à linge

on our clothesline,
fluttering in the wind 
my torn undies

clothesline torn undies 620


sur la corde à linge,
mes sous-vêtements déchirés
flottent au gré du vent

Richard Vallance
 


summer haiku d’été – Minoan Linear A saffron goddess haiku in Linear A, English & French

Minoan Linear A haiku saffron goddess

sea sarai
sapa punikasa
adakisika *

* The Linear A text of this haiku is absolutely beautiful!
Read it for yourself. 

the saffron goddess
her crimson dress
adorned with ivy

la déesse du safran
sa robe cramoisie embellie
de lierre

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – the crescent moon = le croissant de lune

the crescent moon
in the great-horned owl’s eyes
mirrored in the cat’s

gray-horned owl 620

le croissant de lune
aux yeux de l’hibou grand duc
aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – blue-eyed tuxedo = tuxedo, yeux bleus

my blue-eyed cat
in his spiffy tuxedo –
bluebird soprano


tuxedobluebird 620

mon chat aux yeux bleus
qui porte son smoking si chic –
l’oiseau bleu soprano

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – black assed bears nuzzling = ours noirs qui sentent

black assed bears nuzzling
a patch of wild blueberries –
family picnic

bears and blueberries 620

deux ours noirs qui sentent
les bleuets sauvages –
pique-nique de famille

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été and a stunning photo of Mars! – Mars – her ocean = Mars - son océan, et une photo éblouissante de Mars !

Mars’ sandy ocean
laps her greening shores – 
can you imagine that?

Mars ocean shores 620

l’océan de sable
de Mars clapote ses rives vertes –
l’imagines-tu ?

Richard Vallance


haiku d’été – a mourning dove = la tourterelle triste

silly mourning dove
why mourn summer’s loss?  
it’s still here!

mourning dove 620

toi, tourterelle triste
tu déplores l’été perdu
qui persiste toutefois !

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – the growling rock = la roche qui grogne

the growling rock
those tortured stumps –
the road to nowhere

road to nowhere 620

la roche qui grogne
ces souches torturées –
le chemin sans fin

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’été – follow the stars = suivre les étoiles

follow the stars
not the ghosts in the forest...
the stars are angels

stars in the forest 620

suivre les étoiles
pas les fantômes forestiers ...
les étoiles ? les anges !

Richard Vallance


Earth-shattering summer haiku d’été stupéfiant – tickle the dragon? = chaoutille le dragon ?

tickle the dragon’s tail?
he’ll incinerate the sky!
whose Trinity now?

trinity 620

chaoutille le dragon ?
il incinère le ciel !
mais quelle Trinité ?

Richard Vallance

Years after the 20 kiloton Trinity atomic bomb exploded on July 16 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the director of the project, made this ominous projection:

I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. 

He was prophetically right, to say the very least.Tickle the dragon’s tail” refers to he technique to calculate critical mass, which would be necessary to detonate in an atomic weapon. 

Plusieurs années après la détonation de la bombe atomique Trinity de 20 kilotonnes, le 16 juillet 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer ( 1904-1967 ), le directeur du projet, a fait cette remarque de mauvaise augure :

Je suis devenu la Mort, le destructeur des mondes.

Pour ne pas dire plus, sa prophétie était correcte.

Chaoutiller la queue du dragon, c’est la technique nécessaire pour calculer la masse critique afin de détoner une bombe atomique.

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