water lily glows ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Mediation #54 Crossroads Crystal Brook (troiku) starts with two haiku by Yozakura to be used to create a “fusion” haiku, which is then to be the base for a troiku.

crystal brook
reflects the willow trees
birds sing their song

sweet perfume
memories of a loved one
Jasmine bloom

               © Yozakura

crystal clear water
memories of a loved one
water lily glows

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water lily glows

crystal clear water
flowing and unstoppable
from past to future

memories of a loved one
reflection bringing comfort
waking to sunlight

water lily glows
clouds of no significance
to captured sunlight

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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 Commons (troika)

monarch flying free ~ soliloquy no renga

Well into retirement, my life took a new direction when I moved half-way across the country to be with someone special. Perhaps that is reflected in my response to the challenge for Carpe Diem #1519 Junicho, the twelve stanza renga (Soliloquy No Renga), which is to write a solo renga. Junicho have stanzas of winter (one), summer (one), spring (two), autumn (two) – with no set seasonal progression – and non-season (six). Junicho also have a single blossom stanza and a single moon stanza (any season for both). “Love” is represented by a pair or so of stanzas, in any position. A traditional Junicho opens with the season in which its composition takes place, autumn here. I’ve attempted to keep a “closed chain,” last stanza leading back to the first.

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in search of new memories
above turning leaves

light found by following heart
beginning of a new life

days growing shorter
contentment under same moon
rising and setting

monarch flying free_2cardinals stay side by side
feeding mate a sign of faith

warm even in cold
dusting of snow on feathers
seed falls to the ground

even humble beginnings
have potential for great heights

tiny stalk appears
green of sunflower sprouting
raindrops touch the earth

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eyes brimming, hold no sadness
happiness too will bring tears

soft white touched with pink
cherry blossoms come to life
dry leaf feeds new grass

the past feeding the future
rebirth in dawn of new day

leaves bathed in sunlight
water lily opens wide
pond teeming with life

dragonfly encounters frog
unexpected turn in life

Wikimedia Commons – cardinals
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Water Lilies, by Ohara Koson

Gray Walk, in Living Color ~ haibun

Gray Walk, in Living Color

Two days ago, we had 80 degrees and 80% humidity. And overcast. Yes, muggy – wanting to rain. But I thought I might get some photos of milkweed at that “breakout” stage, with fuzzy seeds clinging to pods, so I headed to a local conservation area to walk the trails. I had been there a few weeks earlier, taking photos of monarch caterpillars, but I knew those would be gone for the year. As it happens, the milkweed needs another week, so I continued my walk, expecting few photos with the poor lighting provided by a cloudy sky.

Until I was surrounded by color. As the path enters a large meadow, there is a broad expanse of flowers, and flying from plant to plant were hundreds of monarch butterflies. I spent the next fifteen minutes trying to take photos of these beauties as they moved among the flowers, more concerned about fueling up for the great flight ahead of them than they were about maintaining any clear line of sight with my camera lens.

As it started to sprinkle, I continued my walk into the woods, looping back after a mile of shelter from the rain to come back to those flowers. The sky was no clearer, but the rain had stopped, so I took a few more photos before heading out of the park. With fifty yards to go before reaching the parking lot, random raindrops started falling and I made it into the car just as a steady rain began to fall. This morning I woke to 46 degrees.

preparing for flight
butterflies feed on asters
milkweed drying up

(clicking any photo will open a larger image in a new tab)

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Ken G

inkstone a well

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words held in my hands
waiting to speak

Carpe Diem #1518 Inkstone and Pencil (free style)

Free style haiku works outside of the constraints of traditional haiku (5-7-5, kigo/seasonal word). Several examples of free style haiku are given in the challenge. Taneda Santōka was another haiku poet known for his free style haiku, and numerous examples can be found here, including this:

Aki to natta zasso ni suwaru
The grasses / That have become autumn, – – / Sitting down in them.
Taneda Santōka (tr. – R. H. Blyth)

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kisspng.com (inkstone)
Terebess Asia Online (portrait)