chrysanthemum moon

Chrysanthemum moon

lighting sad departure

wings etch the sky

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Chrysanthemum moon

the vast heavens a stage

this autumn night

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lighting sad departure

in V-shaped formation

their piercing cries

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wings etch the sky

grey shadows sliver the moon

how summer has flown!

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In response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #44, Troiku Challenge, inspired by two haiku by Buson.

haiku & troiku inspired by Issa

For last weekend’s Troiku Weekend-Meditation Chevrefeuille chose two haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828):

“…one of the five greatest haiku poets ever. His haiku are known for the simple choice of words, but also for its emotions. Issa had a tough life in which he had to deal with several very hard things…”

First, Issa’s two haiku:

tonight’s moon–

how many mountains resemble

the ones back home?

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going outside

plum blossoms dive in…

my lucky tea*

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© Kobayashi Issa (Tr. David G. Lanoue)

*”lucky tea” is the first cup of tea on New Year’s Day.

Second, my haiku inspired by both of Issa’s poems:

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missing home

I watch blossoms drown

in my tea

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Third, a troiku, each verse starting with a line from the above haiku:

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missing home

I long for the Gatineau Hills

in autumn

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I watch blossoms drown

mourning their fragile beauty

lost in spring showers

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in my tea

a jasmine flower unfolds

a morning blossom

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In the sunlight, a troiku

in the sunlight

grass crackles underfoot

purple stems shimmer

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in the sunlight

tropical herbs rejoice

basil leaves thicken

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grass crackles underfoot

long-rooted vines flash yellow

moisture found deep below

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purple stems shimmer

the wild palette of summer

transformed in sunlight

~

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Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #40 Troiku Challenge “a distant mountain”

Whip-poor-will’s call

quiet night

a lone whip-poor-will

calling your name

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quiet night

porch chimes ring

in the breeze

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a lone whip-poor-will

rising from dead leaves

its song, an eerie cry

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calling your name

I shudder in my sleep

the forest quivers

~

My troiku is based on a fusion haiku inspired by two of Basho’s haiku. This was the Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #33 challenge—to write a new haiku inspired by Basho’s (available at the above link) and then to write a troiku using each line of the new poem.

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Spring troiku

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 Bare branches

waving soft fringes of green

bright chirps from within

a painting against blue sky

etched by sunlight

life longs to return

leaves under my feet

rememberlast autumn

before the snow

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This is a troiku based on a haiku of Yozakura (1640-1716).  A troiku is composed by writing three new haiku, each starting with a line of a chosen original.  Here is Yozakura’s original haiku (as translated):

bare branches

a painting against the blue sky

leaves under my feet

©Yozakura

The troiku form was developed by Chevrefeuille, host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, and my troiku responds to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #31: Troiku…bare branches. Embedded in the troiku is a series of three haiku (as mentioned above). The first haiku is my response to this week’s Haikai Challenge #32 twittering (saezuri).

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troiku of early spring

After the melt,
beside pale stubbled fields
sandy roads climb

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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

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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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