summer haiku d’été – alone she reaps = seule elle moissonne


summer haiku d'été – alone she reaps = seule elle moissonne





alone she reaps
the willowing wheat...  
yes her sorrows' lay 

seule elle moissonne
le blé ondulant ...
chant de son chagrin

Richard Vallance

© by/ par Richard Vallance 2020

painting, the harvester by Edward John Cobbett (1815-1899)


based on the lovely lyrical poem by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
suivant le beau poème lyrique de William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

The Solitary Reaper

Behold her, single in the field, 
Yon solitary Highland Lass! 
Reaping and singing by herself; 
Stop here, or gently pass! 
Alone she cuts and binds the grain, 
And sings a melancholy strain; 
O listen! for the Vale profound 
Is overflowing with the sound. 

No Nightingale did ever chaunt 
More welcome notes to weary bands 
Of travellers in some shady haunt, 
Among Arabian sands: 
A voice so thrilling ne'er was heard 
In spring-time from the Cuckoo-bird, 
Breaking the silence of the seas 
Among the farthest Hebrides. 

Will no one tell me what she sings?— 
Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow 
For old, unhappy, far-off things, 
And battles long ago: 
Or is it some more humble lay, 
Familiar matter of to-day? 
Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, 
That has been, and may be again? 

Whate'er the theme, the Maiden sang 
As if her song could have no ending; 
I saw her singing at her work, 
And o'er the sickle bending;— 
I listened, motionless and still; 
And, as I mounted up the hill, 
The music in my heart I bore, 
Long after it was heard no more. 

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

spring haiku de printemps – Leela Gilday chants = Leela Gilday chante


spring haiku de printemps – Leela Gilday chants = Leela Gilday chante

Leela Gilday chants,
her voice the snowy owl’s
and the tundra greens

Leela Gilday chants 620

Leela Gilday chante,
elle est la chouette blanche –
que la toundra verdit !

Richard Vallance

And here is the link to her fantastic site, Leela Gilday, K’eintah Natse Ju:

https://www.leelagilday.com/

By some fabulous and bizarre co-incidence, her middle name Natse is almost identical to the Japanese word, Natsu, which means summer!

En haut, le lien à son site,  Leela Gilday, K’eintah Natse Ju:

Par pure coincidence bien bizarre, son nom Natse est presque identique au mot japonais, Natsu, qui signifie l’été ! 

spring haiku de printemps – morning mist lifts = la brume disparaît


spring haiku de printemps – morning mist lifts = la brume disparaît

morning mist lifts,
a robin trills, “hello!”  –
squirrels chatter, “heck!”

robin trilling 620

la brume disparaît,
un rouge-gorge trille « bonjour ! » –
les écureuils jasent, « zut ! »

Richard Vallance

spring haiku de printemps – the skylark’s voice = la voix de l’alouette


spring haiku de printemps – the skylark’s voice = la voix de l’alouette

the skylark’s voice
ripples through the forest
in the cool rain

skylarks voice 620

la voix de l’alouette
résonne dans la forêt
dans la pluie fraîche

Richard Vallance