steamy night ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1684 Troiku Month – Fireflies offers
a haiku by Jim Kacian (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

steamy night
out in the rain
               © Jim Kacian


steamy night
waiting for coming downpour
lights glowing in grass

showing off their bright color
in search of a mate

out in the rain
fireflies taking shelter
lights dim with success

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 source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
(Tree Cricket and Firefly, by Kitagawa Utamoro)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

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