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winter haiku d’hiver – white feathered friend = l’ami aux plumes blanches

white feathered friend
on a barbed wire fence –
insouciant

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l’ami aux plumes blanches
sur le fil barbelé –
insouciant

Richard Vallance


funny summer haiku d’été rigolo - me paws is asleep = mes pattes engourdies

me paws is asleep,
you’re fawning on me -
woof! I fawn on you

me paws is asleep

mes pattes engourdies,
toi, faon sur mes pattes -
moi ouah ouah !

Richard Vallance

senryu – the magpie watch = la montre de la pie


senryu – the magpie watch = la montre de la pie

the magpie’s wings flare,
splayed blue and white – 
watch out!

magpie watch

les ailes de la pie
se déployent bleues et blanches  – 
gare à toi !

Richard Vallance


Believe it or not, I actually found this astonishing watch for only $20 CDN on amazon.ca and I could not resist buying it.

Croyez-le ou non, je viens en fait de trouver cette montre merveilleuse pour seulement 20 $ CDN sur amazon.ca, et naturellement je devais l’acheter.


summer haiku d’ été − saffron goddess  = déesse du safran

saffron goddess
arrayed in white moiré 
in her sanctuary

Minoan Saffron Goddess with dyed dress

déesse du safran
habillée en blanc moiré
dans son sanctuaire

Richard Vallance


Translation of Linear B tablet KN 594 R b 10 on textiles by Rita Roberts:


Linear B tablet KN 574 R b 10


Knossos building with perfect circular rosettes on its frieze!

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Knossos building with perfect circular rosettes on its frieze!

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This building is remarkable for the typically Greek (or if you prefer, Minoan) simplicity of its architecture. What really struck me while I was visiting Knossos on the afternoon of May 2 2012 was that the circular rosettes on its frieze are perfectly circular, each one exactly identical to the next. It seems the Greeks inherited the mania for geometric simplicity fro their forbears, the Minoans. 

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More photos follow in the next post. 

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