summer haiku – a dead crow = un corbeau mort


summer haiku – a dead crow = un corbeau mort




a dead crow
by the gravel road
struck by a stone

un corbeau mort
sur la route de gravier
frappé par une pierre

Richard Vallance

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I simply adore crows. They are so smart. J'adore tellement les corbeaux. Ils sont si intelligents.


senryu – lapis lazuli


senryu – lapis lazuli

lapis lazuli
inlaid in a silver ring –
royal talisman 




lapis lazuli
dans une alliance d’argent –
talisman royal

Richard Vallance

illustration, ancient Minoan silver ring inlaid with lapis lazuli, ca. 1,500 BCE
Illustration, alliance minoen d’argent marqueté de lapis lazuli, vers 1.500 AVJC

autumn haiku d’automne – the stone angel = l’ange de pierre


autumn haiku d’automne – the stone angel = l’ange de pierre

the stone angel
on her children’s tomb –
infinity’s love

stone angel


l’ange de pierre
sur la tombe de ses enfants –
l’amour infini

Richard Vallance

Quotation for January 2017: The Stone is Cast, my own sonnet


The Stone is Cast

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The Stone is Cast

John 8:7

So since they kept on and on nagging him, he answered them, and said,Let the one among you who is sinless be the first to cast a stone at her.”

As stones are cast against the inner walls,
the lessee of the castle wracks his brains,
while wicked winter rails against its halls
and shakes the filings off his dungeon’s chains
where he’s incarcerated serfs at whim,
because they’d dared defy his iron will:
his fingers drew the rusty bolt on him
as well as them, and held him, freezing, still, 
until he fled that vile, ensanguined room, 
their blasted thane — unconscious of his sin,
though conscious of what cold impending doom
was, as winter is, to do him in.
     Oh when it does, its frozen blast shall blind
     him to the shattered mortar of his mind.

Richard Vallance,

January 3, 2017       
  
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Mycenean Rock-cut Tombs from Bodrum


Fantastic news! I can hardly wait to learn more about this site.

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Interesting item from Hurriyet:

Rock tombs dating back to 3,500 years ago have been uncovered in Bodrum’s Ortakent district, which form part of the necropolis area.

Bodrum Underwater Archeology Museum manager Emel Özkan and archeologists Banu Mete Özler and Ece Benli Bağcı are leading the excavations. The experts are still not sure if there was a settlement or not.

The tombs are believed to belong to the early “Mycenaean Greece III A” era, which was a cultural period of Bronze Age Greece taking its name from the archaeological site of Mycenae in northeastern Argolis, in the Peloponnese of southern Greece. The tombs also revealed human and animal bones, bronze containers and many different kinds of pieces. The necropolis area has been taken under protection. The findings of the excavation may belong to the bronze age and also to the Akha Hellenistic era.

The tombs also reveal the culture and…

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