Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Carpe Diem Extra March 14th 2018 Results of the Troiku Kukai "in the herb garden"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at this Extra episode of our wonderful Haiku Kai. I finally have the results of our first Troiku Kukai "in the herb garden". In this Troiku Kukai we had 22 contestants and several of them voted for the best, second best and third best Troiku. The votes have been collected and I am glad to announce you all the winner and the runner-up of this Troiku Kukai, but first this:

Thank you all for participating in this first Troiku Kukai here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. It made me proud to see how many participated in this kukai based on a creative haiku form I have created, the troiku. The Troiku is based on the ancient Russian sleigh the troika, a sleigh pulled by three horses. That "image" brought me (back in 2012) the idea to create the Troiku, a haiku form in which you are challenged to create three new haiku by using the separated lines of the first haiku (the sleigh). The three new haiku (the horses) are free-styled and that makes this new haiku form such a wonderful creative way of giving words to your thoughts.

A Troika (Russian sleigh pulled by three horse, the base of Troiku)
 This first Troiku Kukai I gave you a wonderful haiku by Claire Vogel Camargo to work with:

no spring sprouts
in the herb garden
his heart attack

© Claire Vogel Camargo

The goal of this Troiku Kukai was to create a Troiku with this haiku and I have read really amazing and wonderful Troiku ... thank you again for sharing these beauties with us all.

The WINNER of this first Troiku Kukai "in the herb garden" is Hamish Managua Gunn with the following Troiku he got 8 points:

no spring sprouts
in the herb garden
his heart attack

© Claire Vogel Camargo
no spring sprouts
only a timeless watch
left under pouring rain

in the herb garden
where the bare earth lies covered
with last year's leaves

his heart attack
and the horizon's rolling thunder
—the caws of rising crows

© Hamish Managua Gunn

With this Troiku Hamish has won the opportunity to create an exclusive CDHK E-book together with Chèvrefeuille's Publications and I will create a special episode of our Tokubetsudesu feature next month about his work as a haiku poet.

Fresh Herbs
Every Kukai has of course a "RUNNER-UP", but this month I have a tie, there are two Troiku with the same amount of points. First I thought to let someone else look at the both Troiku to decide which one will become the "runner-up", but after giving it a thought again, I have decided to accept this tie and so we have two "runners-up" in this Troiku Kukai, the first of these two is created by Louise Hopewell:

no spring sprouts
we bury grandad
in the cold earth

in the herb garden
a tangle of parsley and mint
sibling rivalry

is heart attack
summer thunderstorm
rolling over the ocean

© Louise Hopewell

And the second "runner-up" is Skaidrite Stelzer with the following Troiku:

no spring sprouts
beneath the leaves
a lost glove

in the herb garden
he hates to pull even
the wild chive

his heart attack
the forget-me-nots
still bloom

© Skaidrite Stelzer
Both "runners-up" have won the opportunity to be featured in a special Tokubetsudesu episode here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. Both of these episodes I will also publish next month.
To all three I say !!! CONGRATULATIONS !!!
To conclude this Extra episode I have the complete list of results for you. I will give the points and the numbers of the Troiku.
8 points: Troiku 1
6 points: Troiku 7 & 19
5 points: Troiku 6
4 points: Troiku 2, 4 & 10
3 points: Troiku 20 & 21
2 points: Troiku 3 & 8
1 point :  Troiku 14
0 points: Troiku 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 22
I will open a new Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Kukai soon, but I haven't yet an idea which theme to use, so I keep you all posted.
Chèvrefeuille, your host here at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai


  1. Congratulations to all three troiku poets!

  2. Congratulations to all of you. A delightful read!

  3. To have participated in your first (of many I hope) troiku kukai meant a lot. To be given the first place in your first troiku is a very great honour.