ballet of fireflies ~ haiku

ballet of fireflies
bids farewell to fading light
evening chill sets in

This haiku is my response to Carpe Diem
Exploring the Beauty of Haiku #1827 Paradox.
I see it more as irony, and perhaps this includes two instances?

Also shared with Colleen’s 2020 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday
#Poetry Challenge No. 185, #Poet’sChoice.

Image source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Tree Cricket and Firefly, by Kitagawa Utamoro

steamy night ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1684 Troiku Month – Fireflies offers
a haiku by Jim Kacian (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

steamy night
out in the rain
               © Jim Kacian


steamy night
waiting for coming downpour
lights glowing in grass

showing off their bright color
in search of a mate

out in the rain
fireflies taking shelter
lights dim with success

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: Museum of Fine Arts Boston
(Tree Cricket and Firefly, by Kitagawa Utamoro)
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

gentle breeze on warm evening ~ tan renga

Carpe Diem #1602 Tan Renga – the night of firefly asks us to use a haiku
by Katsuro Nabuko (
in blue) to create a Tan Renga Hineri, or tan renga with a twist,
by creating a tanka and following it with a completely new tanka.
Kristjaan describes the original poem as a love-haiku.

I wear loosely
and meet the man
at the night of firefly
                   © Katsura Nobuko

gentle breeze on warm evening
brushing cheek like soft caress

amid glowing stars
as we look up to the stars
in a warm embrace
we go indoors, turn lights out
leave fireflies for other things

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