summer heat ~ haiku

summer heat
forest gives refuge
in oak’s shade

Carpe Diem Exploring the Beauty of Haiku
#1828 Baransu (balance) discusses balancing
a haiku through association in its lines, or choosing
one element of a line to proceed to the next.
Here that association is from heat to refuge to shade.
I think this is the technique I use most often.

Image: One of the many oaks on the trails at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City, Missouri

hours before sunrise ~ fusion troiku ~ hineri

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #90 Crossroads
Summer Solstice (Troiku Hineri)

starts with two haiku by Jane Reichhold and Yosa Buson (
in blue) to be used
to create a “fusion” haiku which is then to be the base for a troiku.
The hineri (or twist) is to use each of those haiku to create three new troiku.

this short night –
from a shallow well I scoop
a persimmon flower
                      Yosa Buson

solstice splits
between the peach halves
a red stone sun
                      © Jane Reichhold

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hours before sunrise
a shallow well of darkness
summer solstice night

hours before sunrise
early morning dew on grass
field mouse in hiding

a shallow well of darkness
offers little time to hunt
owl returns to nest

summer solstice night
shadows fading into light
eyes closing at dawn

The three additional troiku follow, below.

hours before sunrise
tiny feet finding way home
safety of darkness

early morning dew on grass
faint signs of activity
traveler’s footprints

field mouse in hiding
snugly secure in its nest
before coming light

a shallow well of darkness
holding opportunity
for keen eyed hunter

offers little time to hunt
darkness giving way to light
before finding prey

owl returns to nest
spending the day in silence
patiently waiting

summer solstice night
approaches with setting sun
wings spread in darkness

shadows fading into light
successful night of hunting
hunger satisfied

eyes closing at dawn
owl hidden within shadows
waiting for nightfall

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:
Library of Congress
Bullfinch and Horned Owl, by Kitagawa Utamoro (cropped here)
wikimedia.org (troika)

reaching me in the darkness – renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #53 Renga with Basho #10 “summer’s night” asks us to create a renga (or chain of verses) by following each provided haiku by Bashō with two lines.
(Bashō’s haiku here in blue italics – tr. Jane Reichhold) This prompt has a twist (hineri) – to use “summer’s night” first, with the other haiku used in any order. A “closed chain” is attained when the hokku (starting verse) and ageku (closing verse) 
connect in a way to make “the circlecomplete.

reching me in the darkness.jpgsummer’s night
the tree spirit follows in
the sound of wooden shoes

reaching me in the darkness
fading into the tall grass

a bamboo shoot
when I was a child it was
fun to sketch

breaking through the tender earth
growth faster than I could draw

day after day
barley ripens
a singing skylark

free and unburdened spirit
welcome song to pass the time

Welcoming the morning light_2

rice paddy sparrows
shelter in the tea plants
when chased away

welcome when eating locusts
unwanted when eating seeds

reaching me in the darkness_abegonia flowers
blooming in the colors
of a watermelon

thoughts of sweet tasting dessert
with final meal of the day

clapping my hands
the echo as it dawns
of a summer moon

welcoming a friendly face
rising above horizon

Images
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Sparrow and Bamboo Stalks, by Ohara Koson
Metropolitan Museum of Art – Skylarks and Primroses, by Kubo Shunman (cropped here)
Library of Congress – Watermelon (untitled, artist unknown)

splashing waters dance – fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #35 Troiku Challenge “summer solstice” 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.

between the wedded rocks
the sun rises to her highest throne
summer solstice

mountain stream
the ice has melted – dances in the sun
crystal waterdrops

               © Chèvrefeuille
~~~~~~~

splashing waters dance
music on the shortest night
rushing mountain stream

spalshing waters dance_1a.png

splashing waters dance_3

splashing waters dance
sparkling under setting sun
gift of parting light

music heard on shortest night
celebration or sadness?
whip-poor-will calling

rushing mountain stream
joining in woodland chorus
song of lone night bird

splashing waters dance_2a.png

Due to its song, the eastern whip-poor-will is the topic of numerous legends. A New England legend says the whip-poor-will can sense a soul departing, and can capture it as it flees.

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:
audobon.org / © David Allen Sibley (Eastern Whip-poor-will)
wikimedia.org (troika)