autumn haiku – where in the world = où dans le monde
where in the world
are the Gatineau Hills?
fall leaves whisper where?
où dans le monde
les Collines de la Gatineau ?
l'automne murmure où ?
photo © by/ par Richard Vallance
summer haiku d’été – clearing the sweat lodge = la suerie ouverte
clearing the sweat lodge,
we cool off by the stars –
so many fireflies
la suerie ouverte,
l’on se rafraîchit la nuit –
tant de lucioles
This marvellous event actually took place in 2004. I was in a sweat lodge with several others at Maniwaki, Quebec, and when we emerged from the stifling heat were amazed to see thousands of fireflies outside.
En 2004, j’ai subi cette experience sublime quand je suis sorti de la suerie avec plusieurs autres à Maniwaki, au Québec. Libérés de la chaleur accablante, nous étions étonnés de voir des milliers de lucioles en dehors.
Our site moderator, Richard Vallance Janke, April 30 2017
in commemoration of the savage attack on a Muslim mosque
in Quebec City, Sunday, January 29, 2017
3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you,
rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.
4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day, and seven times
come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
Luke 17: 3-4
Is humankind so kind or so unkind
we have embraced and have abandoned love
we’ harmonized ... or despotize to blind
ourselves to pitying the mourning dove? —
or mob ourselves with xenophobic crime? —
and chase our dreams but chase them all away? —
We pillorize our neighbours half the time,
while terrorizing those for whom we pray.
Come on! What, come again? Can you explain
why our religion has to reign supreme,
while theirs and yours must suffer mindless pain
to kill our worlds that no one can redeem.
Excuse me, God... Hey, do You give a damn
as we expose our souls to another scam?
January 30, 2017
Attack on Mosque, Quebec City an act of vile, barbaric & senseless violence!
At least 6 people were killed, 5 critically injured and 3 more injured in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City during evening prayers, police said. Gunmen fired on about 50 people inside the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Sunday at 8 p.m. local time (01:00 GMT).
“Six people are confirmed dead - they range in age from 35 to about 70”, Quebec provincial police spokeswoman Christine Coulombe told reporters, adding that eight people were wounded and 39 were unharmed. Police said two suspects had been arrested, but gave no details about them or what prompted the attack. The mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui,was not inside the mosque at the time of the shooting. He received frantic calls from worshippers.
He said, “Why is this happening here? This is barbaric.”
Comment by Richard Vallance Janke:
As a Canadian in a peace-loving and highly tolerant country such as Canada (quite unlike the United States with its xenophobic president, Donald Trump, at whose doorstep we can lay part of the blame!), I am utterly horrified and shocked at the act of vile, barbaric, senseless, violent murderous attack on a Muslim mosque in Quebec City, around 8:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2017. Words cannot describe my horror or that of almost all 36 million Canadians at this savage act of terror! I urge and implore all who visit Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae to tag this post with LIKE and to reblog it, as well as to retweet it on your twitter accounts! I dissolved in tears this morning when I woke up to hear of this vile act of terrorism. Here are two photos from the night of the attack:
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