environmental summer haiku environnemental – the last bee = la dernière abeille


environmental summer haiku environnemental – the last bee = la dernière abeille




the last bee
pollinates the last rose
the last queen dead

la dernière abeille
féconde la dernière rose
la dernière reine morte

Richard Vallance

We are killing off the bees!

summer haiku d’été – honey bees buzz = les abeilles bourdonnent


summer haiku d’été – honey bees buzz = les abeilles bourdonnent

honey bees buzzround their hive in the pine –
you nosy ole’ bear!

honey bees pine tree 620

les abeilles bourdonnent
sur leur ruche dans le pin –
toi, ours curieux !

Richard Vallance

summer haiku – Winnie-the-Pooh


summer haiku – Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh,
what? you’ve burst the beehive!
honey for you, honey!

Winnie-the-Pooh beehive 620

Winnie-the-Pooh,
comment ? tu casses la ruche!
cher ours, miel pour toi ! 

Richard Vallance

cartoon © by Walt Disney (All Rights Reserved = Tous droits réservés)

haiku © by Richard Vallance Janke 2019

summer haiku d’été – bees a’buzzin’ = abeilles qui bourdonnent


summer haiku d’été – bees a’buzzin’ = abeilles qui bourdonnent

bees a’buzzin’round their beekeeper’s hands –
he’s their honey too

bees around the beekeepers hands

abeilles qui bourdonnent
sur les mains de l’apiculteur  –
il est leur ami 

Richard Vallance

A partial Linear B tablet from Knossos illustrating 542 amphorae or pithoi!


A partial Linear B tablet from  Knossos illustrating 542 amphorae or pithoi! 

KN 712 M p 01

This is a partial Linear B tablet from  Knossos illustrating 542 amphorae or pithoi, a staggering number. Since the pithoi at Knossos are all huge, it is impossible that these 542 amphorae an all be pithoi. Far from it. Probably 500 at least were smaller amphorae, and the rest (42 or so) possibly pithoi, but we cannot be sure. I have deduced that teyo to the left side of this partial tablet is the genitive singular of the Linear B word teo = “Zeus” or “a god”, hence in this context it means, “of Zeus” or “of the god”, implying that all of these amphorae and pithoi are the property of said god. 

Here we see a fabulously wrought Minoan bee pendant with what appears to be the image of a Minoan priest or god in the centre.

Minoan bee pendant god ca 1850 - 1550 BCE Aigina