winter haiku d’hiver – count on me = compte sur moi


winter haiku d'hiver – count on me = compte sur moi 




count on me your cat
to bat Christmas ornaments -
who me? innocent

compte sur moi ... ta chatte
casse les ornements de Noël -
qui moi ? innocente 

Richard Vallance

photo © by/ par Richard Vallance... of my 2 year old Tuxedo cat, Silhouette, such a pretty little girl/ de ma chatte Tuxedo, Silhouette, quelle jolie jeune fille !

summer haiku d’été – see the cat sashay = voilà le chat


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 – a surfeit of kits = mais quel bouquet


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.






senryu – Buddha replies zen = Bouddha répond, zen


senryu – Buddha replies zen = Bouddha répond, zen  





Buddha replies, zen
is forever now alone
in the cat's eyes

Bouddha répond, zen
est le présent éternel
seul aux yeux du chat

Richard Vallance

photo public domainThe smallest feline is a masterpiece”.Le chat est un chef-d'oeuvre”.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)


summer haiku d’été – blue Maine Coon = Maine Coon bleu


summer haiku d'été – blue Maine Coon = Maine Coon bleu




blue Maine Coon
before the blue picket fence – 
sea-green eyes

Maine Coon bleu
devant la palissade bleue –
yeux verts moirés

Richard Vallance

photo public domain

senryu – green-eyed Maine Coon = Maine Coon aux yeux verts


senryu – green-eyed Maine Coon = Maine Coon aux yeux verts

green-eyed Maine Coon,
you wee fluffer angel
coddled in my arms




Maine Coon aux yeux verts,
petit un ange doux
couvé dans mes mains

Richard Vallance

senryu – every cat = tout les chats


senryu – every cat = tout les chats

every cat
has his day... and *
catches today 



tous les chats
ont leur jour... et 
attrapent aujourd’hui

Richard Vallance

* Usually, ending a line with a conjunction is a bad idea in a haiku, but I think it works here with the pause preceding, giving pause for thought. Please advise. 

International Cat Day, August 8 = le Jour international des chats, le 8 août 

spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée


spring haiku – HRH Argentée = SAR Argentée

HRH Argentée
on her forest path  –
queen of trilliums




SAR Argentée
sur son sentier forestier  –
la reine des trilles

Richard Vallance

HRH Argentée, my gorgeous Maine Coon mix, died on March 14 2019, just one month short of her 16th. birthday. She walked on a leash all over Ottawa and the Gatineaux Hills some 1,200 times in her life. Her ashes box is inscribed, Libre Esprit (Free Spirit). I miss her terribly!

SAR Argentée, ma Maine Coon mixte super belle, est morte le 14 mars 2019, seulement un mois avant son 16ìeme anniversaire. Elle marchait au moins 1.200 fois à la laisse pendant se vie à Ottawa et parmi les Collines du Gatineax. Sa boîte funéraire est inscrite, Libre Esprit. Elle me manque tellement. 

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


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

Fabulous cat blog, KATZENWORLD! You have to check it out!


Fabulous cat blog, KATZENWORLD! You have to check it out! Click on the logo to visit:


Katzenworld

Oliver & Nubia

Gwennie

The last two photos below are of my own Tuxedo cat, Silhouette and my stuffed Tuxedo cat, Alouette, who as you can see are the girlfriends of Oliver and Nubia!

Silhouette

Alouette

Enjoy!