birds follow the wind ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1553 waving the pampas grass starts with two haiku
by Yamaguchi Seison and Kawahigashi Hekigoto to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
with the option to then create a troiku.

Waving the pampass grass,
At the Shinkjuku station,
I said goodbye.
Yamaguchi Seison

The migratory birds
Make the wind blowing down to Osaka
From mountains frequently.
Kawahigashi Hekigoto


birds follow the wind
moving down from the mountain
pampas grass waving

birds follow the wind
migrating with the seasons
highlands to lowlands

moving down from the mountain
in search of warmer weather
white crane on the wing

pampas grass waving
bending in the coming breeze
wild ducks land near shore

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
Harvard Art Museums – Crane, Bush Clover and Pampas Grass, by Utagawa Hiroshige
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Wild Ducks and Pampas Grass, by Ohara Koson
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

8 thoughts on “birds follow the wind ~ fusion troiku

  1. I took a photo (I’ll try and send via email) that I thought was a nice grass – only to be told that it caused allergies… It’s still pretty.
    And I always like to see the birds 🙂
    Nice fusion and trioku .

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