the scent of autumn ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #59 Troiku … autumn leaves offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

the scent of autumn
that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
after the rain – stronger
                    © Chèvrefeuille

the scent of autumn
wafting through the morning air
chimney smoke rises

 that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
carried by a chilling breeze
gray clouds gathering

after the rain – stronger
spent vines lying in damp earth
waiting for the snow

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 – Arayu Road, Shiobara, by Kawase Hasui
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

15 thoughts on “the scent of autumn ~ troiku

  1. I’ve never been much of a Haiku writer but I couldn’t let you forget that it’s different here in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Cold rain on warm cut hay
    The smells and cloying perfumes of Spring
    We wait fearfully for summer.

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    • Thank you, Miriam.
      I find myself in a different “place” when raking. It’s hard to describe, but I guess, to me, the time is a summation of the seasons, so I think about the past year and how I’ve enjoyed nature. (I do A LOT of raking, with at least 20 trees in what could be considered the lawn area of my yard. I’ve spent at least five hours so far this season, with another five to go as leaves continue to fall.)

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