Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #62 Troiku

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

What a joy to present you an all new episode of our special feature Tokubetsudesu. This time I love to challenge you to write a troiku.

Troiku is a haiku form which I have invented and I will give a brief description of this way of writing haiku. Troiku is a compound word which I distilled from the Russian sleigh "troika" and the Japanese poetry form "haiku".
The goal is to write a haiku (the sleigh) and to write three new haiku (the horses) by using the three lines of the haiku (the sleigh). I will give an example:

In the above troiku "Old Pond" is the famous "frog pond" haiku by Basho "the sleigh". The "horses" in the right of the image are based on the separate lines of that haiku by Basho. "Horse 1" starts with the first line; "horse 2" starts with the second line and "horse 3" starts with the third line.
The complete four stanza are called troiku. More about this Troiku you can read in the article mentioned in the above menu or by clicking HERE.

Credits: Troika

The challenge of this Tokubetsudesu episode is clear I think ... you have to create/compose a Troiku.

Here is a new Troiku written by myself. This troiku is inspired on one of the Tarot cards, part of the Great Arcana, The Hermit (IX). More about The Hermit (IX) you can read HERE.

Here is my Troiku "seeking knowledge":

seeking knowledge
getting deeper insight
hermit’s choice
seeking knowledge
contemplating under the Bodhi Tree
like Buddha

getting deeper insight
while listening to the silence
the sound of rain

hermit’s choice
seeking refuge high up in the mountains
closer to the gods
© Chèvrefeuille
Well .... I hope you did like this Tokubetsudesu episode and I hope you will try to create/compose a Troiku. I am looking forward to your responses and I hope those responses are many ...

This CD Tokubetsudesu episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until September 25th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, a new CD Special themed Autumn, later on. For now ... have fun!


  1. Always think that is such a great invention of yours, the troiku. Could we have it as a regular feature, perhaps. This would allow it to grow. Maybe you could give us a haiku to turn into troiku also sometimes.

  2. sorry, a bit late...here's mine :)