spring haiku de printemps – aspens in leaf = feuilles des trembles


spring haiku de printemps – aspens in leaf = feuilles des trembles 

aspens all in leaf 
below the windswept cliffs –
their rattled pines 

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feuilles des trembles
en bas des falaises venteuses –
ses pins secoués

Richard Vallance  

spring haiku de printemps – on a rainy day = un jour pluvieux


spring haiku de printemps – on a rainy day = un jour pluvieux

on a rainy day
a kestrel skirts the bay –
echoes in the pines

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un jour pluvieux
une crécerelle survole la baie –
échos des pins

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – a twisted red pine = un pin rouge tordu


summer haiku d’été – a twisted red pine = un pin rouge tordu

a twisted red pine
on the cliff I climb –
I’m bent out of shape

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un pin rouge tordu
sur la falaise que je grimpe –
moi, je suis tordu

Richard Vallance

summer haiku d’été – pine needles = aiguilles de pin rouge


summer haiku d’été – pine needles = aiguilles de pin rouge

red pine needles
and cones strewn on the ground –
a chipmunk streaks by

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aiguilles et pommes
de pin rouge échus au sol –
un suisse y court vite

Richard Vallance

autumn haiku d’automne – pines on the bluff = pins sur la falaise


autumn haiku d’automne – pines on the bluff = pins sur la falaise

pines on the bluff
on a washed out day–
their needles wraiths

pines on the bluff

pins sur la falaise,
un jour nébuleux –
aiguilles fantômes

Richard Vallance  

autumn haiku d’automne – moss on the pines = mousse sur les pins


autumn haiku d’automne – moss on the pines = mousse sur les pins

moss on the pines
in the swirling mist –
brush strokes dash on

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mousse sur les pins
dans le brouillard au vent – 
coups de pinceau

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – freezing clouds = nuages si froids


winter haiku d’hiver – freezing clouds = nuages si froids

freezing clouds
over frozen pines –
damn!... my fingers freeze

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nuages si froids
qui survolent les pins givrés  –
zut ! mes doigts gèlent 

Richard Vallance

Canadian Spirit Voices


Canadian Spirit Voices

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On Spirit Lake the voices flew 
across the coves where forests grew, 
tossing the fragrance of the sun 
over the pines where spirits run. 
Where spirits ran, they run today, 
ancestors' voices up the spruce, 
where paddlers camp but never stay 
where eagles eye the rummaging moose, 
where wolves and bears are born again 
only to see their spring cubs slain, 
where we encamped and they stormed in 
and killed the last of our last kin. 
    Can you imagine what a surprise 
    when they see clarity in our dark eyes? 

Richard Vallance


winter haiku d’hiver – pine and spruce forest = les pins et sapins


winter haiku d’hiver – pine and spruce forest = les pins et sapins

the ice-encrusted
pine and spruce forest
silvered by sunlight

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la glace argentée
sur les pins et sapins
en plein soleil

Richard Vallance

It should be obvious by now that one of my favourite winter season words or kigo is “silver”, which in not a Japanese kigo at all. But I have firmly established it as a Canadian winter kigo.

It est enfin bien évident que l’un des mots-saisons ou mots d’hiver que j’utilise souvent, c’est le mot « argent », qui n’est guère un kigo japonais. Mais je l’ai nettement établi comme kigo canadien d’hiver.    


two winter haiku = deux haikus d’hiver


two winter haiku = deux haikus d’hiver

snowflakes brushing
white pine hills ...
forest dreams

pins blancs frôlés 
de flocons de neige ...
rêves forestiers

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snowflakes brushing
wolves’ ear tufts ...
forest dreams

touffes des loups frôlées
de flocons de neige ...
rêves forestiers

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Richard Vallance

The pristine beauty of Canada. Lac Philippe. Only 40 km. outside Ottawa, the Capital City


The pristine beauty of Canada. Lac Philippe. Only 40 km. outside Ottawa, the Capital City:

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The most beautiful and one of the most peaceful countries on Earth. The entire country looks like this! Impressive eh!