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Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, August 8th 2018, Troiku … ?

butterflies on buddleia

Monarch butterfly drinks to life

Dear friends of MLMM,

Time flies if you have fun don’t you think so too? It’s time again for a new episode of Heeding Haiku With … here at MLMM. This week I have chosen to challenge you with a Troiku. Troiku? What the h… ?

Back in 2012 I had a so called “writer’s block”. I couldn’t create haiku or tanka and I tried several other poetry forms, but those forms didn’t “heal” my “writer’s block”. So I decided to create a new form of haiku-ing. At that time I was doing some research about Russia and ran into the three-horse sleigh troika … that gave me an idea. “How can I create a troika for poetry?”

Let me tell you the invention-way of that new poetry form that I gave the name “troiku”. Troiku, as the name already says, is a poetry form in which the number three takes the lead. Our beloved haiku counts three lines (like the three horses of the troika). At that same time I was reading the haiku by Taneda Santoka, who was a free-styler in haiku writing. No syllables (or onji) counting, no kigo (or seasonwords) using and a few things more. His style of haiku-ing spoke to me and it “triggered” me to create the Troiku.

A Troiku is based on a haiku (the sleigh) and to create the “horses” you have to take the three lines of the “sleigh” apart and use every separated line as the first line of three new haiku (the three horses). Troiku isn’t easy, but it’s really a joy to create it.

Let me give you an example of a Troiku:

the pumpkins look cool
flecked with mud
from the morning dew

© Basho (Tr. Chèvrefeuille)

the pumpkins look cool
almost human like –
all souls night

flecked with mud
the white chrysanthemums
after the storm

from the morning dew
Monarch butterfly drinks to life –
sound of funeral bells

© Chèvrefeuille

If you like this creative way of haiku-ing than you can find more about it at my own weblog Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.

Well … do you take the challenge?

Have fun!

When you have written your haiku, please TAG Heeding Haiku with Chèvrefeuille and Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Then add your link to the Mister Linky widget below.


About Chèvrefeuille

I am a Dutch haiku poet. And I am the owner and host of the weblog "Carpe Diem, a daily haiku meme" on Blogger (or Blogspot). I am writing haiku since the late eighties and in 2005 I became an international known haiku poet and in 2011 ten of my haiku were included in a worldwide anthology "Spasms of Light". With that anthology I became an even more known haiku poet. In October 2012 I started my daily haiku meme.

8 comments on “Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille, August 8th 2018, Troiku … ?

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  3. syncwithdeep
    August 8, 2018

    hahha.. I think this was the deadliest challenge and best of chevrefeuille so far. I am no poet. But ever since I started writing, I have been writing mostly poems or you may call it a rant. I loved this challenge. simply superb. Thank you for the prompt. here is my take. I managed to go with the syllable rule for three haiku except one.

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  5. Jules
    August 8, 2018

    Banking on last night’s rainbows…
    “roy g biv” trioku

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