fragrance of flowers ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation # 88 Crossroads – sea cliffs
starts with two haiku by Jane Reichhold (
in blue) to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which then is to be the base to create a troiku.

coming to sea cliffs
the off-shore breeze raises
a flower fragrance

curving with the land
a rainbow of clouds
moves out to sea
                      © Jane Reichhold

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fragrance of flowers
warm breeze rising from sea cliffs
rainbow between clouds

fragrance of flowers
floating on the summer air
gulls fly overhead

warm breeze rising from sea cliffs
bringing sweet scent of fresh air
rain a memory

rainbow between clouds
reflection of scene below
flowers above cliffs

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

In addition, this troiku also fits the prompt
for Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge: fragrant breeze.

Image sources:
ukiyo-e.org – Tshushima, by Utagawa Hiroshige
wikimedia.org (troika)

gathering flowers ~ troiku

Carpe Diem #1672 Troiku Month – unexpected guests offers
a haiku by Jane Reichhold (
in blue) to be used to create a troiku.

gathering flowers
unexpected guests
come to dinner
               © Jane Reichhold
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gathering flowers
hidden bee loose in the house
unpleasant surprise

unexpected guests
pleased by colorful blossoms
many compliments

come to dinner
join our impromptu party
all guests are welcome

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
ukiyo-e.org – Flowers in Vase, by Bakufu Ohno
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

early rain waking ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation # 71
Crossroads Hineri … cherry blossoms 

starts with two haiku by Chèvrefeuille (
in blue) to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

standing naked
in awe of the first cherry blossom
dancing in the garden

on winter’s edge
the first Cherry blossom blooms
rain falls softly
                      © Chèvrefeuille
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early rain waking
reluctant cherry blossoms
forgetting winter

early rain waking
new buds waiting to open
in spite of the cold

reluctant cherry blossoms
wishing for warmer weather
welcome chance to drink

forgetting winter
surrounded by fresh blossoms
gay robin singing

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:
wallcoo.net – Robin and Cherry Blossoms, by Susan Bourdet
wikimedia.org (troika)

melting mountain snow ~ troiku

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #69 Returning to Now offers a musical piece by Karunesh as inspiration to create a troiku. Many of the elements I used were drawn from the video embedded here (also the source of the image, above).

melting mountain snow
water falling from great heights
soothing note of chimes

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melting mountain snow
serenity in motion
flowing to the sea

water falling from great heights
cannot extinguish the light
in nature’s temples

soothing note of chimes
washing over me in waves
returning to now


A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku (here, my own original 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 original 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.org (troika)

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
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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)

piece of straw ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #62 Troiku for the holidays offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

piece of straw
blown off into emptiness
a new beginning
© Chèvrefeuille
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piece of straw
same, not the same as others
top of mound in field

 blown off into emptiness
falling where wind will take it
rolling under tree

a new beginning
one of many for new nest
taken by sparrow

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
ukiyo-e.org – Nesting Swallows, by Gesso Yoshimoto
Wikimedia Commons (troika)

birds follow the wind ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem #1553 waving the pampas grass starts with two haiku
by Yamaguchi Seison and Kawahigashi Hekigoto to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
with the option to then create a troiku.

Waving the pampass grass,
At the Shinkjuku station,
I said goodbye.
Yamaguchi Seison

The migratory birds
Make the wind blowing down to Osaka
From mountains frequently.
Kawahigashi Hekigoto

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birds follow the wind
moving down from the mountain
pampas grass waving

birds follow the wind
migrating with the seasons
highlands to lowlands

moving down from the mountain
in search of warmer weather
white crane on the wing

pampas grass waving
bending in the coming breeze
wild ducks land near shore

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
Harvard Art Museums – Crane, Bush Clover and Pampas Grass, by Utagawa Hiroshige
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Wild Ducks and Pampas Grass, by Ohara Koson
Wikimedia Commons (troika)