troiku of early spring

After the melt,
beside pale stubbled fields
sandy roads climb


After the melt
mountains of black crusted snow
stacked by the plows

Beside pale stubbled fields
memories of summer crops
in breaths of spring

Sandy roads climb…
tree buds begin their journey
into uncharted sky


February 26, 2018

In response to Frank J. Tassone’s Haikai Challenge #22: Barely Spring.

(Roads are sanded to increase traction on winter ice. The debris is eventually washed away by spring rains.)

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lost and found


lost in the corn fields,
a traffic jam of thoughts
row on row on row

wind turbines chart the sky
unmoved by the passing sun
spun by the breeze

sunset crickets sing
silence as long shadows grow,
a new path appears



The poem is a troiku based on this haiku:

lost in the corn fields
wind turbines chart the sky
sunset crickets sing

The first image is from and the second is a photo of a calendar page I saved a few years ago.  This is my third and last response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #16.

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back to the root

My poem, a troiku, is based on this haiku by Matsuo Basho:

falling to the ground
a flower closer to the root
bidding farewell

©Basho trans. by Jane Reichhold



falling to the ground
changed colours of autumn
floating to the earth

a flower closer to the root
touching its origin
begins a new journey

bidding farewell
sadness mingles with
memories on the breeze

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Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #5 Troiku

On the river

Floating candles


On the river

lights float to the horizon

the dead rejoice

© Basho


On the river

we return to the ocean

borne by the flow


lights float to the horizon—

spirit dreams flicker

memory in the mist


the dead rejoice 

release, reunion with

ocean’s vast embrace


Carpe Diem’s Weekend Meditation #3 offers Basho’s above haiku for writing a Troiku  (poem consisting of three haikus each starting with a line of a chosen haiku poem).  

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A hundred gourds

Image from Tumblr shared on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

A hundred gourds

From the heart

Of one vine

©Chiyo-Ni 1703-1775

A hundred gourds
flowers first transmute to
fertile fruit

from the heart
a hundred seeds
court eternity

of one vine
of one seed, each gourd a taste
of infinity

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In response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #2, Troiku ‘a hundred gourds’ the above poem is a ‘troiku’, a form introduced by Chèvrefeuille. Each line of a chosen haiku forms the first line of a verse based on the image of a Russian troika, described below:

 “A troika (meaning: triplet or trio) is a traditional Russian harness driving combination, using three horses abreast, usually pulling a sleigh. It differs from most other three horse combinations in that the horses are harnessed abreast. The middle horse is usually harnessed in a horse collar and shaft bow; the side horses are usually in breastcollar harness. The troika is traditionally driven so that the middle horse trots and the side horses canter; the right hand horse will be on the right lead and the left hand horse on the left lead. The troika was developed in Russia during the 17th century…..” 

~from ‘Troiku: a new form of haiku’ by Chèvrefeuille

Life’s recapitulation

As summer light fades,

nights cool, dawns glisten

spring’s forgotten dew.


As summer light fades

sunset approaches quickly

every day counts.


Nights cool, dawns glisten

bounty ready for harvest,

life in transition.


Spring’s forgotten dew,

life’s recapitulation

refreshes autumn.

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New year reflections–Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #77


Ronovan’s haiku prompts this week are ‘new’ and ‘year’ –obvious perhaps, but not really, when caught up with life’s activities– these words dragged me out of preoccupations such as cookie making, cookie eating, seasonal blues, road trips, kicking a touch of flu, and so on, into a reflective ‘end-of-the-year zone’.   As the year ends, I find myself appreciating the time I have spent participating in this haiku community– which has been every week since I first joined in July  at prompt #52.  This week I have written a Troiku that is  based on a haiku using the prompt words (in red).  You’ll notice that the closing stanza is also a haiku using the prompt words.

Earth's orbit complete,
Tired year almost over,
New ventures glimmer.
Earth's orbit complete,
Our journey measured in months,
We circled the sun.
Tired year almost over,
Looking back we sigh,
Time's flow is relentless.
New ventures glimmer
in year's embers, hope ignites,
fresh dreams inspire.


Happy New Year!

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