last light as sun sets ~ fusion troiku

In the prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #33 Troiku … Two White Butterflies, Kristjaan has added a twist. Rather than providing a fixed haiku as the base for the troiku, the prompt provides two haiku by Basho to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

temple bells die out
the fragrant blossoms remain
a perfect evening

will we meet again
here at your flowering grave –
two white butterflies

               Matsuo Basho

last light as sun sets
two butterflies pirouette
fading temple bells

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last light as sun sets
flowers stand in silhouette
woven through with light

two butterflies pirouette
white wings holding last sunlight
distant echoes call

fading temple bells
bringing peaceful end to day
night falls in silence

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A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.


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