to listen ~ troiku

to listen,
fine not to listen, fine too…


to listen,
accept the sounds around you
try to understand

fine not to listen, fine too…
being a part of that world
accepting each voice

singing for all who listen
knowing when to sing

I try to finish a troiku in one sitting, but it can be time consuming. I set this one aside, so it was not finished before the prompt window closed. The original haiku (in blue) by Chiyo-Ni was provided last week in Carpe Diem #1686 Troiku Month – Nightingale.

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.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Roses and Bamboo with Nightingale, by Teisai Hokuba
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

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