polishing cedar ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1789 The Winter Trees (Crossroads)
starts with two haiku by Yosa Buson (
in blue) to be used
to create a “fusion” haiku which is then to be the base for a troiku.

cutting into with the ax,
I was surprised at the scent.
the winter trees.

unfolding at the
hand of the glass polisher:
a camellia!

               Yosa Buson

polishing cedar
beauty of the grain unfolds
stimulating scents

polishing cedar
respecting treasured heirloom
held in loving hands

beauty of the grain unfolds
revealing further treasures
beloved keepsakes

stimulating scents
reminders of days long gone
held close to the heart

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: wikimedia.org (troika)

surviving for years

surviving for years_1


surviving for years_2

Cedar Waxwing (Audubon illustration)

surviving for years
cedar clings to mountain face
nourishing waxwing

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #29 Use That Quote
“Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it.”
Florence Nightingale

Audubon illustration found at wikimedia.org

Cursed Thirteen


Cursed Thirteen

Thirteen cedars that bar my way
Casting their shadows upon me
Leave little chance for me to flee
As fits this most fateful Friday

I’ve come to rue this awful day
As dark descends, all I can see:
Thirteen cedars that bar my way
Casting their shadows upon me

Although, to some, just a cliché
This thirteenth has confounded me
Surrounded by these evergreens
With not a chance to get away
Thirteen cedars that bar my way

My walk today Friday the Thirteenth, in this 13 line rondel (rhyme pattern ABba abAB abbaA).