my native town ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1673 Troiku Month – my native town offers
a haiku by Santoka Taneda (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

my native town
far, far away–
burgeoning trees.
               Santoka Taneda

my native town
standing beside blue water
morning fog melting

far, far away–
remembered through mists of time
distant shores calling

burgeoning trees
tall along the river banks
heron at sunset

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.


Niagara River
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

13 thoughts on “my native town ~ troiku

    • Thank you, Claudia. I thought it would be simple to focus on one aspect, but my mind starting taking different directions and I had to really focus. Think about your past, your hometown, and that’s bound to happen, I suppose. Since I’ve only been away for 7 years, I don’t know if those different aspects would have occurred to me back then.


      • I’ve been away from my hometown for 40+ years and with my mother’s death last year I revisited so much of the past (I did not return to the actual place, just in my mind and in sharing with my sister) and I am amazed at how my perspective has shifted and changed. So your poems made a lot of sense to me and said in a beautiful way.

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