You may have fallen prey


You may have fallen prey




for Willem Tensen

You may have fallen prey to such a fate
as only we imagine and cannot share;
we know your soul shall never abrogate 
her duty to her God in every prayer
you offer up to Him alone with all
you fairest friends and closest kin alike
according to your heart's most ardent call
to rally yourself against this dire strike,
this awful blow to you and yours you know
you never deserved in your faintest dreams,
this unexpected, all too nasty blow
which only love, yours and our Lord's redeems.
Your injury is also ours to bear
if only we'll bear the cross you lightly share.

Richard Vallance

October 2 2019

photo public domain

summer haiku d’été – in the blazing heat = chaleur brûlante –


summer haiku d’été – in the blazing heat = chaleur brûlante –

in the blazing heat
a scorpion bolts across
a crumbling cross

fallen cross 620

chaleur brûlante  –
un scorpion court
sur une croix croulante

Richard Vallance


senryu – Lorenzo the Great = Lorenzo le Grand

Lorenzo the Great
saviour of Florence
and the world entire

lorenzo the great senryu 620

Lorenzo le Grand
sauveur de Florence
et du monde entier

Richard Vallance

The actual title for Lorenzo is Lorenzo the Magnificent, but this does not fit into a senryu. The church illustrated here is la chiesa santa croce firenze orari. Christ has more than one face.

Le titre réel de Lorenzo, c’est Lorenzo le Magnifique, mais ce titre est trop long pour un senryu. L’église illustrée, c’est la chiesa santa croce firenze orari. Le Christ possède plus qu’un seul visage.

autumn haiku d’automne – the Celtic cross = la croix celtique


autumn haiku d’automne – the Celtic cross = la croix celtique

the Celtic cross
on the Irish coastline
worn out by the sea

celtic-cross 620

la croix celtique
au littoral irlandais
usée par la mer

Richard Vallance

the Celtic cross on the Irish coastline worn out by the sea la croix celtique au littoral irlandais usée par la mer Richard Vallance