Sonnet The Vallances
for Judy, Meagan, Holly, Mitchell all the Vallances
Here's Richard Vallance, Judy Harris Vallance,
Meagan Holly and Mitchell, nieces and nephew,
Bill Vallance, Donna too and a fine chance
plenty more abound, and you know it's true.
Our family crest bespeaks of Normandie
where we lived our lives in lavish wealth
where we were crowned as ducal royalty
and never had to hide from court in stealth.
The King of France was our next of kin
and Notre Dame our angelic home,
where the chartreuse Seine quelled the city's din
silenced by our cathedral's holy dome.
And though you wonder why we're Scots by blood
the fleur-de-lys is our indigo bud.
October 14 2019
This is my family on my mother's side, as my full name is Richard Vallance Janke. We are in fact descended from the ducal family, De Valence, in Normandy and were related to the King of France in the thirteenth century.
spring haiku – D-Day has dawned = à l’aube du Jour J
D-Day has dawned –
the Allies swoop in,
seagulls swoop out
à l’aube du Jour J
les alliés invahissent –
les mouettes s’envolent
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