lotus flowers nod ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation # 87 Crossroads
starts with two haiku by Chèvrefeuille (
in blue) to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

reaching for the sun
lotus flowers bloom from the mud
old pond changes

deep silence
even deeper as the nightingale starts to sing
beautiful life
                      © Chèvrefeuille


lotus flowers nod
reaching for the setting sun
deepening silence

lotus flowers nod
turn to follow fading light
lengthening shadows

reaching for the setting sun
blossoms greeted by darkness
swallowing shadows

deepening silence
wraps itself around the night
nightingale responds

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:
ukiyo-e.org – Flowering Lotus, by Ohara Koson
wikimedia.org (troika)

10 thoughts on “lotus flowers nod ~ fusion troiku

  1. structure practice that reminds me of… I have to look it up to be sure… yes, villanelle
    but different of course
    I also hear sleigh bells in the snow. Spring is snowing late this year. Melting slower out west.

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