on road far from home – fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #43 Troiku Challenge: My Lucky Tea starts with two haiku by Kobayashi Issa (translated by David G. Lanoue) to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

tonight’s moon–
how many mountains resemble
the ones back home?

going outside
plum blossoms dive in…
my lucky tea

               © Kobayashi Issa

on road far from home
finding comfort in shared heavens
drinking tonight’s moon

on road far from home_fusion

on road far from homeon road far from home
weary after long absence
longing for kinship

finding comfort in shared heavens
looking to stars for guidance
enlightenment calls

drinking tonight’s moon
reflections on the river
same moonlight back home

on road far from home_troiku

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.


Image sources:
Wikimedia Commons (Suzhou Star Chart)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

20 thoughts on “on road far from home – fusion troiku

  1. this is a wonderful fusion haiku and troiku! and even without the diagrams, I love the flow – although the diagrams are cool too …. LOL –
    but back to the poetry – I love the idea of being one under the stars, despite the distances, as noted, drinking from the moonlight is just a sublime image to hold in one’s mind/eye – and heart

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