autumn haiku d'automne – leaves fallen = feuilles tombées leaves fallen on the pond's bridge... lotuses wilt feuilles tombées sur le pont de l'étang ... les lotus flétrissent Richard Vallance
summer haiku d’été – lotus Buddha = Bouddha lotus lotus Buddha, cat sound asleep in his lap – eternal bliss Bouddha lotus, chat endormi sur ses genoux – extase éternelle Richard Vallance
summer haiku d’été – veiled by mist = dans le brouillard veiled by mist in his lotus garden the praying Buddha dans le brouillard dans son jardin aux lotus le Bouddha qui prie Richard Vallance
summer haiku – peacock gliding = paon survolant peacock gliding over a lotus blossom – squealing away paon survolant une fleur de lotus – son cri perçant Richard Vallance
summer haiku d’ été – a spotted frog = une grenouille maculée a spotted frog on a lotus blossom – his perfumed world sur une fleur de lotus une grenouille maculée – son monde parfumé Richard Vallance
Senryu – lotus illuminated = lotus illuminé Bahá’i temple all humankind lotus illuminated temple Bahá’i l’humanité lotus illuminé Richard Vallance Set in the Andean foothills, just beyond Santiago, Chile, the Bahá’i Temple of South America is a domed, luminous structure echoing the rolling typography of the mountains where it is located. This senryu is based on the famous quote of Bahá’u’lláh (1817-1892), founder of the Bahá’i religion, whose name means “The Glory of God”, as follows: “The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens.” What is a senryu? A Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. A Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions, or a Japanese poem similar in structure to haiku, but more concerned with human nature, and is often humorous or satiric -- usually in three lines of seventeen kana. This senryu is concerned with human emotion, or more accurately, human spirituality. It is not meant to be humorous or satirical. Unlike haiku, senryu do not contain season words = kigo.