moon floating on pond ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1545 The Water Fowl (crossroads) starts with three haiku by Zuiryu, Ryuho and Hokushi to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base for a troiku.

the water-fowl
pecks and shivers
the moon on the waves

scooping up the moon
in the wash basin,
and spilling it

I kept hanging the moon
on the pine tree, and taking it off
gazing at it the while


moon floating on pond
waves of light beckon to me
cormorant diving

moon floating on pond
now looking up at itself
breeze brings smile to face

waves of light beckon to me
reflecting on peaceful light
shadows brought to life

cormorant diving
waterfowl swimming on moon
new light in ripples

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
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Cormorant Fishing Boats on Nagae River, by Keisai Eisen
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

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