my native town ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1673 Troiku Month – my native town offers
a haiku by Santoka Taneda (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

my native town
far, far away–
burgeoning trees.
               Santoka Taneda

my native town
standing beside blue water
morning fog melting

far, far away–
remembered through mists of time
distant shores calling

burgeoning trees
tall along the river banks
heron at sunset

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.


Niagara River
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

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. Santōka Taneda 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.
Santōka Taneda (tr. – R. H. Blyth)

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Images (inkstone)
Terebess Asia Online (portrait)

giving thanks for good fortune – tan renga

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autumn heat —
my begging bowl
is full of rice
                    © Santōka Taneda
                    (tr. John Stevens)

giving thanks for good fortune
steam rises with my spirits

 Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge #111 Autumn Heat
(Add to the provided hokku to create a tanka)

Also linked to OpenLinkNight #226 at dVerse.
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