summer haiku d’été – our forest cat = notre chat forestier


summer haiku d’été – our forest cat = notre chat forestier

our forest cat
stands at his swinging door –
nah! who wants in?

Norwegian forest cat 620

notre chat forestier
est à sa porte battante –
zut ! je reste dehors

Richard Vallance

The cat in this photo taken by Louis-Dominique Genest when he was in Norway in June 2018 is a Norwegian forest cat. These cats are stunningly beautiful.

Le chat est dans la photo prise par Louis-Dominique Genest quand il était en Norvège en juin 2018. C’est un chat forestier norvégien. Ces chats sont admirablent beaux !    

funny cat senryu d’un chat rigolo – puddy tat meows = pet’t chat miaule


funny cat senryu d’un chat rigolo – puddy tat meows = pet’t chat miaule 

puddy tat meows
let me in, let me out – 
what wrong side?

what side of the door

pet’t chat miaule
laisse-moi entrer, sortir – 
c’est de quel côté ?

Richard Vallance

winter haiku d’hiver – you slam the door = tu claques la porte


winter haiku d’hiver – you slam the door = tu claques la porte

you slam the door
in a nasty snowstorm
right in your face

you slam the door

tu claques la porte
contre la têmpete de neige –
elle frappe ton visage

Richard Vallance

Photos of the pithoi storage room at Minoan Thera by Thalassa Farkas (Canada) Part B


Photos of the pithoi storage room at Minoan Thera by Thalassa Farkas (Canada) Part B:


water-supply-thera

thera-pithoi-storeroom-genral-shot

thera-pithoi-storeroom-door

Linear B tablet KN 755 A e 01, The 14 Temple Door Guards


Linear B tablet KN 755 A e 01, The 14 Temple Door Guards: 
Linear B tablet KN 755 A c 01 the doorkeeper

The Mycenaean Linear B word turateu is very similar to the ancient Greek word. It is clear (at least to me) that such door guards, in this case 14 of them, would have been responsible for guarding the doors of sacred temples, such as the Hall of the Double Axes, Knossos (if it was one). I have added the genitive, temenoio, which means “of a temple” to indicate that these 14 are temple guards. Notice the double doors to the Hall of the Double Axes (double doors, double axes, probably intentional). These are the kinds of door that would have been  guarded at major ceremonies, such as for the King (wanaka) and the Queen (wanakasa).

hall of the double axes