Thursday, September 14, 2017

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #2 Troiku "a hundred gourds"

!! Open for your submissions next Sunday September 17th around 7:00 PM (CET) !!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our "weekend-meditation" with a new logo as you can see. I was busy creating it last weekend, so it wasn't possible to use it then. As you maybe have read in the menu above or have read in one of the earlier posts this month I have chosen new kinds of "weekend-meditations. Last weekend I challenged you to create "squared Tan Renga", and I have read wonderful submissions.

As you maybe know I have invented several new ways of being creative with haiku for example the Troiku and the Soliloque No Renga. Both are wonderful ways to be creative with haiku and gives you the opportunity to "think out of the box".
This "weekend-meditation" I love to challenge you to create a (or more) Troiku. More about Troiku you can find above in the menu. Not only an explanation of the Troiku you can find in the menu, but also an exclusive CDHK e-book "Flamingo Clouds". Both are great to read and both give you an idea of what Troiku is (or can be).

Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775)

For this "weekend-meditation" I love to challenge you to create a Troiku based on a classical haiku by Chiyo-Ni (1703-1775) one of the five famous haiku poets. Chiyo-Ni was the first female haiku poet / master and was a disciple of the Way of Basho. She never knew him in life, but she admired him and wrote in his spirit.

For this Troiku I have chosen a not so well known haiku written by Chiyo-Ni to start the Troiku with. This haiku she wrote at the age of 6 years, and it is a real beauty ... in which we already can see (and read) her high standard of writing haiku.

in my garden
starflowers bloom
come and see

© Chiyo-Ni (age 6)

Or ... as a kind of connection with our theme "Imagination Without Limits", you may also use the following haiku for your Troiku.

Haiga "A Hundred Gourds" (found on Tumblr)
Enough to work with this weekend I would say. Have a great weekend!

This weekend-meditation is open for your submissions next Sunday September 17th around 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 24th at noon (CET).


  1. These are fun to write. I find myself wanting to create 3 haiku that are someone loosely connected with each other rather than 3 disparate haiku from the hokku. Not easy and that's why it's fun. So thanks for this challenge.

    1. Of course you may create 3 haiku that are connected with each other instead of 3 disparate haiku. It's up to you and so its your own choice.