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


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.


In addition, this troiku also fits the prompt
for Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge 89: fragrant breeze.

Image sources: – Tshushima, by Utagawa Hiroshige (troika)

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

the pheasant cries
as if it just noticed
the mountain

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

just outside the gate
the road slopes downward
winter trees

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

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

washing away first light’s dew ~ renga

Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #55 Renga with Basho Hineri … picking flowers in the rain 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 “picking flowers in the rain” 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.

washing away first light's dew_1wearing a paper robe
even if it gets wet
picking flowers in the rain

washing away first light’s dew
washing the sleep from my eyes

more reassuring
than in a dream
the real hawk

eyeing prey from overhead
rabbit fleeing to its den

now farewell
for snow viewing we’ll fall down
until we get there

washing away first light's dew_2

garden buried under snow
rabbit’s tracks will find no green

 go naked
one needs to wear more clothes
in February’s storm

a poor man has more than most
finding wealth in simple things

washing away first light's dew_3

frozen dew
a dry brush draws
clear water

paper holds many secrets
hidden by free flowing flask

wine cup
don’t drop in any dirt
village swallows

taking wing among raindrops
welcomed by thirsty blossoms

Footnotes from Kristjaan, at Carpe Diem:
* In ink paintings, the white of the paper is used to indicate water. Because the dew is frozen, Basho cannot moisten his ink and brush and thus can only draw clear water on his painting.
** This one is based on the legend of Saint Zoga (917-1003), a Buddhist priest who gave away his clothes and went naked after receiving a divine message from the god of Ise Grand Shrine that he should throw away fame and wealth.

Images – Goshawk, by Tsuchiya Koitsu
Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Rabbits in Moonlight, by Utagawa Hiroshige
The British Museum – Writing on Hand Scroll, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi