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
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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)

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
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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)

paths of planets go unchanged ~ soliloquy no renga

I dedicate this solo renga to Kristjaan Panneman (Chèvrefeuille), our host at Carpe Diem, who is currently facing an uncertain future due to his employer going out of business.
The challenge he offers us with Carpe Diem #1530 Universe … Soliloquy No Renga is to write a solo renga (a chain of verses, with each haiku followed by a two-line stanza), starting with a haiku that he has written (in blue). I’ve attempted to keep a “closed chain,” last stanza leading back to the first.
connect in a way to make “the circlecomplete.

paths of planets go unchanged_1circle of life
seasons come and go … always
the Cosmos leads us
© Chèvrefeuille

paths of planets go unchanged
a man’s life subject to chance

one door will open
as another door closes
facing decisions

many considerations
importance of family

paths of planets go unchanged_2

swan on empty pond
mate never far from its side
loving companion

prepared for coming changes
clouds approach on horizon

 waves pushed onto shore
turtle seeks shelter from storm
reeds sway back and forth

paths of planets unchanged_3

bending in fury of wind
standing tall when storm passes

calm as waves subside
patient moon makes appearance
parting clouds bring hope

night no longer seems so dark
light reflecting on water

stars filling night sky
their light untouched, like beacons
providing guidance

swan rises with morning sun
finding direction, takes flight

Images
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Swan and Reeds, by Ohara Koson
Library of Congress – Turtles, by Utagawa Hiroshige
jaodb.com – Flying Geese, by Ohara Koson

planted in exile ~ fusion renga

With Carpe Diem #1514 Exile (Tan Renga Challenge), Kristjaan offers the option of renga or fusion haiku: create a renga response to either or both offered haiku or write a fusion haiku based on both offered haiku. The haiku treat two different aspects of the term “exile,” a lost love and Exodus. These are the offered haiku:

gone in exile
without the one who kissed me all over –
broken sunflower
               © Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~
gone in exile
to become free again
the people of God
               © Chèvrefeuille

This is my response as a fusion haiku:

planted in exile.jpg

planted in exile
petals falling far from home
a new beginning

I have decided to take this further, as a solo renga:

the mending of broken hearts
at the expense of others

Combined, this essentially becomes a tanka:

planted in exile
petals falling far from home
a new beginning
the mending of broken hearts
at the expense of others

 
Image source: Art Institute Chicago – Sugawara Michizane Going into Exile, by Suzuki Harunobu

answering spirits ~ tan renga

answering spirits.jpg

answering spirits
most rewarding pilgrimage
home of ancestors

 haunted valley deep in the mountains
the dim glow of a campfire
                    © Chèvrefeuille

 There’s a twist in Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018 Chained Together III (11) the dim glow of a campfire.  Kristjaan has distilled a line from Akutagawa Ryūnosuke’s Hell Screen into a two line closing verse (ageku), and we are asked to create the hokku to precede it. My hokku (haiku) appears in blue.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons
A mountain landscape beyond the river, by Ogata Gekko

lazy day in leafy shade ~ tan renga

lazy day in leafy shadea soothing breeze
cicadas sing their song
sound of water
             © Chèvrefeuille

 lazy day in leafy shade
dipping fingers into stream

Carpe Diem’s Tan Renga Challenge September 2018
Chained Together III (3) a soothing breeze
(Add to the provided hokku by Chèvrefeuille – Kristjann Panneman –
to create a tanka)

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Cicada on a Tree Trunk by Utagawa Hiroshige

petals drifting down – fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #37 Troiku Challenge “Time” starts with two haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

perpetual snow
reflects the sunlight –
I dream of a nude beach

through tears
cherry blossoms scattered
by the breeze

               © Chèvrefeuille
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petals drifting down
breeze lifting pink and white flakes
memories of snow

petals drifting down_1a

petals drifting down

petals drifting down
cherry blossom festival
celebrating life

breeze lifting pink and white flakes
a dance held before our eyes
warm weather arrives

memories of snow
fading in brilliant sunlight
time will not stand still

petals falling down_2a

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:
desktopnexus.com
wikimedia.org (troika)

clothes scattered about


clothes scattered about
love in the heart of winter
fireplace ablaze

Although it could pass for “revise that haiku,” this fusion haiku is my response to the challenge at Carpe Diem’s Crossroads #11 “a winter’s love”,
inspired by the words in the following two haiku by Chèvrefeuille.

torn apart clothes
thrown against a beach pole
a winter’s love

bare footed
wandering about the nude beach
in heart of winter

               © Chèvrefeuille