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Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega

ἐγὼ τὸ ἄλφα καὶ τὸ ὦ, ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος, ἡ ἀρχὴ καὶ τὸ τέλος.

‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’

(Rev. 22:13, Tyndale Greek New Testament)

These words may look familiar – a quotation from Jesus in the very final chapter of the Bible, in the book of Revelation. Particularly striking is the use of the first and last letters of the alphabet to describe Jesus. What is going on here? This seems like an interesting question to explore in the middle of the festive period. (Readers who want to pursue the question further might be interested in reading the articles given in the references below, which I have used in the preparation of this post.)

Christ_with_beard.jpgMural painting from the catacomb of Commodilla (C4th AD). Image from HERE.

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Posted by on December 31, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Personal tragedy, winter haiku d’hiver tragédie personnelle – in the dead of winter = au coeur de l’hiver

Richard Vallance has posted some lovely Haiku’s recently but now this one is a sad one but I just had to re blog it.

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

Personal tragedy, winter haiku d’hiver tragédie personnelle – in the dead of winter = au coeur de l’hiverin the dead of wintermy tortoiseshell cat Daisystone cold dead

Daisy haiku620au coeur de l’hiverma chatte écaille de tortue Daisy raide morteRichard VallanceI just found my adorable tortoiseshell cat, Daisy, dead in the bathtub upstairs today, Friday 28, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. She was 15 years old. I feel shattered by her death.Je viens de trouver ma chatte écaille de tortue adorable, Daisy, morte dans la baignoire, aujourd’hui, à seize heures quinze, vendredi, le 28 décembre, 2018. Elle avait quinze ans. Je me sens ébranlé par sa mort.    

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Posted by on December 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

summer haiku d’été – baby elephant = un éléphanteau

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d’été – baby elephant = un éléphanteaubaby elephantlost on the steppes -her mother shot

baby elephant haikuun éléphanteauperdu dans les steppes -sa mère abattueRichard Vallance

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Posted by on December 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

spring haiku de printemps = white wolf – un loup blanc

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

spring haiku de printemps = white wolf - un loup blanca white wolfon a rock in quiet waterin his own eyes

wolf on a rocksur un rocher dans l’eau tranquille un loup blancdans ses propres yeuxRichard Vallance

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Posted by on December 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

summer haiku d’été – puppy Koko = chiot Koko

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d’été – puppy Koko = chiot Koko puppy Kokoon the terrace –study in peace

haiku koko on the patio620chiot Kokosur la terrasse –étude en paix Richard VallanceKoko is Rita Robert’s stunningly beautiful little dog.Koko est le chien d’une beauté éblouissante de Rita Roberts.

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Posted by on December 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

summer haiku d’été – common loons = plongeons huards

Here is some information for those of you who are interested in this subject .

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d’été - common loons = plongeons huardscommon loonsphantom howlerspierce the moon

common loons haikuplongeons huardsfantômes qui hurlentpercent la lune
Richard VallanceCommentary on the rhythm and format of Canadian haiku:In my view, the rhythm and assonance of haiku should be poetic, otherwise the haiku is not poetry.Moreover, the so-called 5-7-5 syllable convention = 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second and 5 syllables in the third line is not valid whatsoever, because it does not exist in Japanese. Haiku should be free form, allowing anywhere from 7 or 8 to 17 syllables. For instance, in the common loons haiku in English above, we have 3-4-3 = 10 syllables. And since the grammar and syntax of different languages is never the same, the same haiku in French runs to 4-4-3 = 11 syllables, which is scarcely surprising. All too many…

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Posted by on December 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

summer haiku d’été – Vincent van Gogh

Here is a lovely Haiku from Richard Vallance. I especially like this particular painting of Vincent Van Gogh.

Minoan Linear A, Linear B, Knossos & Mycenae

summer haiku d’été - Vincent van GoghVincent van Goghat Saint-Rémy-de-Provenceon a starry night 

Van Gogh starry night haiku620Vincent van Goghà Saint-Rémy-de-Provence -nuit étoiléeRichard Vallance JankeVincent van Gogh painted “Starry Night” in 1889 during his stay at the asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near  Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.Vincent van Gogh a peinturé “Nuit étoilée” en 1889 pendant son séjour à l’asile de Saint-Paul-de-Mausole près de Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.   

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Posted by on December 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

 
 
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