Tag Archive: winter



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


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.   


winter haiku d’hiver – scrawny ole’ tree  = arbre décharné

scrawny ole’ tree
alone on the hillside–
scruffy coiffure

scrawny tree haiku 620

arbre décharné
solitaire sur la colline –
coiffure effeuillée

Richard Vallance

haiku © by Richard Vallance 2019, photo © by Willem Tensen 2019


funny spring haiku de printemps rigolo – just a wild guess = laisse-moi deviner

just a wild guess...
spring’s around the corner? 
I dunno which one

early spring 620

laisse-moi deviner...
le printemps arrive ?
où arrive-t-il ?

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – I wanna sleep in = mais zut alors

I wanna sleep in...
darnation I can’t–
I gotta pee!

I gotta pee

mais zut alors ...
faire la grasse matinée ?
je vais pisser !

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 – Gliese 581d 

Gliese 581d,
her three moons hover over 
frosty mountains

gliese_581d_by_darink 620

Gliese 581d,
ses trois lunes survolent
les montagnes gelées    

Richard Vallance


summer haiku d’ été – in the sultry heat = chaleur accablante

in the sultry heat
an abandoned motel–
scorpions check in

abandoned motel 620

chaleur accablante,
un motel abandonné –
scorpions partout

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – a brisk chinook = un chinook frais

a brisk chinook
whisks across the priaries–
chickadees chatter!  

chickadees rejoice 620

un chinook frais
balaie les prairies –
les mésanges ravies !

Richard Vallance 


Unless you are Canadian, you will probably will not know that the chinook is a warm wind which periodically blows over the Rocky Mountains, suddenly raising temperatures in Alberta from far below zero to above zero for two or three days. So this counts as a Canadian winter saijiki or seasonal word. 

Si vous n’êtes pas canadien, c’est presque certain que vous ne savez pas que le chinook est un vent chaud qui souffle de temps en temps à travers le Montagnes rocheuses vers l’Alberta. En conséquence les températures montent rapidement, le froid extrême subitement chassé pendant deux or trois jours. Donc, c’est un saijiki or mot saisonnier canadien.


late winter haiku de la fin de l’hiver – late winter sun = soleil, fin d’hiver

late winter sun
streaming through linen–
amber mandala

late winter sun 620

soleil, fin de l’hiver
illuminant le lin –
mandala ambrée

Richard Vallance 


funny winter haiku d’ hiver rigolo – she’s a blowin’ hard! = l’orage est si fort !

she’s a blowin’ hard!
well, shiver me’ timbers!
me’ arse is froze off!

shiver me timbers 620

l’orage est si fort !
le navire bascule !
mon cul est gelé !

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – Vivaldi! 

Vivaldi!
skaters skating past the tree
frosty as they are

Vivaldi winter 620

Vivaldi !
patineurs près de l’arbre
aussi glacé qu’eux   

Richard Vallance 


winter haiku d’hiver –  the northern lights = l’aurore boréale 

the northern lights, 
stardust bursts and stars
you may wish upon!

stardust and stars 620

l’aurore boréale, 
la poussière d’étoiles,
tes souhaits secrets !

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 – cub on the lookout = ourson aux aguets

cub on the lookout,
mummy polar bear
all washed out

polar bear snoozing 620

ourson aux aguets,
maman ours polaire
trop épuisée

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – perfect Lady Moon = Dame lunaire parfaite

perfect Lady Moon
until one looks much closer
she has her flaws too

perfect lady moon 620

Dame lunaire parfaite
mais si l’on scrutine de près
elle a ses défauts

Régis Auffray

translated into French = traduit en français by/ par Richard Vallance


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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