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