the snow of yesterday ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1691 Troiku Month – The Snow of Yesterday offers
a haiku by Gozan (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.
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The haiku by Gozan was written late in life.
A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku,
a jisei or “death haiku,” showing the circle of life.

the snow of yesterday
that fell like cherry blossoms
is water once again
               Gozan

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the snow of yesterday
does not survive the seasons
memories fading

that fell like cherry blossoms
taking all color with them
no longer falling

is water once again
blurring traces of the past
until all is gone

The haiku by Gozan was written late in life.
A tradition among Zen monks was to write a last haiku,
a jisei or “death haiku,” showing the circle of life.

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.

Troika

Images
desktopnexus.com (cherry blossoms)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

17 thoughts on “the snow of yesterday ~ troiku

  1. I really like the first two lines of the second troiku — such an evocative, atmospheric image – sets quite the scene for the series … a lovely grouping, I think you’ve worked with each line really well (it wasn’t easy, in my opinion, once they were separated from the original) 🙂

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