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.

Troika

Images
Niagara River
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

gathering flowers ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1672 Troiku Month – unexpected guests offers
a haiku by Jane Reichhold (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

gathering flowers
unexpected guests
come to dinner
               © Jane Reichhold
~~~~~~~

gathering flowers
hidden bee loose in the house
unpleasant surprise

unexpected guests
pleased by colorful blossoms
many compliments

come to dinner
join our impromptu party
all guests are welcome

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

Image sources
ukiyo-e.org – Flowers in Vase, by Bakufu Ohno
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

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.

Troika

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

early rain waking ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation # 71
Crossroads Hineri … cherry blossoms 

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.

standing naked
in awe of the first cherry blossom
dancing in the garden

on winter’s edge
the first Cherry blossom blooms
rain falls softly
                      © Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

early rain waking
reluctant cherry blossoms
forgetting winter

early rain waking
new buds waiting to open
in spite of the cold

reluctant cherry blossoms
wishing for warmer weather
welcome chance to drink

forgetting winter
surrounded by fresh blossoms
gay robin singing

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

Image sources:
wallcoo.net – Robin and Cherry Blossoms, by Susan Bourdet
wikimedia.org (troika)

moon shining on snow ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1587 Buson’s Memorial Day
starts with two haiku by Yosa Buson to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

someone goes by wearing a hood
in his own darkness
not seeing the harvest moon

the first light snow
then when the bowl of the sky is empty
the moon hanging in the bamboos

               © Yosa Buson
~~~~~~~

moon shining on snow
bringing insight to questions
hidden in darkness

moon shining on snow
rabbit looking for shelter
hungry owl takes wing

bringing insight to questions
a hunter satisfies need
end of tracks in snow

hidden in darkness
prey evading predator
safety in shadows

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

Image sources:
ukiyo-e.org – Owl, by Tsuchiya Koitsu
wikimedia.org (troika)

celebration toast ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #65 Crossroads … Troiku … New Year’s Eve starts with two haiku by Jane Reichhold to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

a new year
rising from wild seas
a few stars

filling
the glass with candlelight
champagne

               © Jane Reichhold
~~~~~~~

celebration toast
under benevolent stars
greeting a new year

celebration toast
among family and friends
old year behind us

under benevolent stars
hopes for happiness to come
facing the future

greeting a new year
positive resolutions
as glasses are raised

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

Image sources:
kisspng.com
wikimedia.org (troika)

piece of straw ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #62 Troiku for the holidays offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

piece of straw
blown off into emptiness
a new beginning
© Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

piece of straw
same, not the same as others
top of mound in field

 blown off into emptiness
falling where wind will take it
rolling under tree

a new beginning
one of many for new nest
taken by sparrow

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

Image sources
ukiyo-e.org – Nesting Swallows, by Gesso Yoshimoto
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

birds follow the wind ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1553 waving the pampas grass starts with two haiku
by Yamaguchi Seison and Kawahigashi Hekigoto to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
with the option to then create a troiku.

Waving the pampass grass,
At the Shinkjuku station,
I said goodbye.
Yamaguchi Seison

The migratory birds
Make the wind blowing down to Osaka
From mountains frequently.
Kawahigashi Hekigoto

~~~~~~~

birds follow the wind
moving down from the mountain
pampas grass waving

birds follow the wind
migrating with the seasons
highlands to lowlands

moving down from the mountain
in search of warmer weather
white crane on the wing

pampas grass waving
bending in the coming breeze
wild ducks land near shore

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

Image sources
Harvard Art Museums – Crane, Bush Clover and Pampas Grass, by Utagawa Hiroshige
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Wild Ducks and Pampas Grass, by Ohara Koson
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

dew on lotus leaf ~ revised-fusion-troiku

Carpe Diem #1551 Dew of the World holds three challenges: revise two haiku
by Chiyo-ni and Issa, use that revision to create a fusion haiku,
and use that fusion haiku to create a troiku.

the dew of the rouge flower
when it is spilled
is simply water
                    Chiyo-ni

on the lotus leaf
the dew of this world
is distorted
                    Issa
~~~~~~~

rose petal water
gathered from fresh morning dew
clear enough to drink

 dew on lotus leaf
distorting world around it
in its reflection
~~~

 dew on lotus leaf
gathered in early morning
reflecting pure truth

dew on lotus leaf
holding the world’s reflection
in an altered light

 gathered in early morning
purple and yellow flowers
floating on the pond

reflecting pure truth
found in so many places
more than lotus leaf

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

Image source
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

the scent of autumn ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #59 Troiku … autumn leaves offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

the scent of autumn
that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
after the rain – stronger
                    © Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

the scent of autumn
wafting through the morning air
chimney smoke rises

 that sweet smell of decaying leaves –
carried by a chilling breeze
gray clouds gathering

after the rain – stronger
spent vines lying in damp earth
waiting for the snow

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

Image sources
ukiyo-e.org – Arayu Road, Shiobara, by Kawase Hasui
Wikimedia Commons (troika)