yellow maple leaf ~ fusion haiku

yellow maple leaf
following path to winter
waiting for no one

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #103 The Quest for a New Masterpiece Continues … The Start of Autumn asks us to create a gem of a haiku about autumn.
I decided to start with two of my own haiku to create a fusion haiku.
Here are the original haiku:

changes happening
first yellow leaf on maple
autumn upon us

quiet forest path
dry leaves stirred up by my feet
centipede scurries

Image: Letchworth State Park, 13 October 2007
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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)

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)

moon floating on pond ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1545 The Water Fowl (crossroads) starts with three haiku by Zuiryu, Ryuho and Hokushi to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base for a troiku.

the water-fowl
pecks and shivers
the moon on the waves
                    Zuiryu

scooping up the moon
in the wash basin,
and spilling it
                    Ryuho

I kept hanging the moon
on the pine tree, and taking it off
gazing at it the while
                    Hokushi

~~~~~~~

moon floating on pond
waves of light beckon to me
cormorant diving

moon floating on pond
now looking up at itself
breeze brings smile to face

waves of light beckon to me
reflecting on peaceful light
shadows brought to life

cormorant diving
waterfowl swimming on moon
new light in ripples

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
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Cormorant Fishing Boats on Nagae River, by Keisai Eisen
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

under lightning skies ~ fusion haiku

under lightning skies_2

under lightning skies
feel your touch like cricket chirps
soft as warm night rain

The challenge for Carpe Diem #1542 Cricket
is to write a fusion haiku
inspired by the following two haiku by Jane Reichhold.

lightning flash
into the sound of rain
a cricket shrills

nights
where you touched me
a cricket chirps

              Jane Reichhold

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

holding little moon – fusion haiku

We’re a few days into the Autumn prompts at Carpe Diem, so this is a little bit of catch-up.

holding little moon_1changes happening
first yellow leaf on maple
autumn upon us

Carpe Diem #1536 Autumn … the season
~~~~~~~

quiet forest path
dry leaves stirred up by my feet
centipede scurries

Carpe Diem #1537 Decay
~~~~~~~

This fusion haiku inspired by haiku from Choshu and Usen:

holding little moon_2

 
 
 
holding little moon
meaty nut lies at my feet
chestnut for roasting

holding little moon_fusion

Carpe Diem #1538 Autumn moon (crossroads)
~~~~~~~

dry leaves deeper now
rustling footsteps calling out
announce my passage

Carpe Diem #1539 Autumn’s Voice

Image source: ukiyo-e.orgOwl and Chestnut, by Ohara Koson

cold biting my feet ~ fusion haiku

cold biting my feetcold biting my feet
wrapped in thoughts of my master
walk alone through snow

The challenge for Carpe Diem #1534 Yaha is
to write a fusion haiku
inspired by the following two haiku by Yaha.

morning frost –
I think of the shins of my master
on a night with snow

no strength left –
I wrap my arms around my knees
in winter solitude

              Yaha

cold biting my feet

Image source: Museum of Fine ArtsTwilight Snow on the Muntain Road, by Takahashi Hiroaki

pheasant’s flight too short ~ fusion haiku

pheasant's flight too short_3

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #56 Crossroads offers four haiku,
from four different haijin, from which to write a fusion haiku.

a strange flower
for birds and butterflies
the autumn sky
                    Bashō

the pheasant cries
as if it just noticed
the mountain
                    Issa

the winter river;
down it come floating
flowers offered to Buddha
                    Buson

just outside the gate
the road slopes downward
winter trees
                    Shiki
~~~~~~~

My first haiku fuses Bashō and Issa:

pheasant’s flight too short
to keep up with butterfly
mountain looking down

pheasant's flight too short

My second haiku fuses Issa, Buson and Shiki:

path follows river
flowing down from high mountain
pheasant tracks in snow

path follows river_a

Images:
Harvard Art Museums – Butterflies, by Kubo Shanman
Museum of Fine Arts Boston Golden Pheasant and Snow Covered Pine, by Utagawa Hiroshige

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