piece of straw ~ troiku

Carpe DiemWeekend Meditation #62 Troiku for the holidays offers
a haiku by Chèvrefeuille to be used to create a troiku.

piece of straw
blown off into emptiness
a new beginning
                    © Chèvrefeuille

piece of straw
same, not the same as others
top of mound in field

 blown off into emptiness
falling where wind will take it
rolling under tree

a new beginning
one of many for new nest
taken by sparrow

A troiku is three haiku, with each of the three lines from a suggested haiku as the first line of each haiku in the troiku. It’s not always possible to have a 5-7-5 format in the second haiku, due to the limitations of the suggested haiku. The name of the form is derived from “troika,” a sled or carriage drawn by three horses harnessed side-by-side, an iconic symbol of Imperial Russia.


Image sources
ukiyo-e.org – Nesting Swallows, by Gesso Yoshimoto
Wikimedia Commons (troika)


Poem Up at The Ekphrastic Review

My ekphrastic poem, “Fallen Leaves, after the Rain,” inspired by “Untitled (acrylic collage)” by Ron Schira, is published today at The Ekphrastic Review. Schira is an artist in Reading, Pennsylvania, and has worked in various media. The “assembled painting” is part of a series composed of acrylic layers placed on canvas, presenting a textured, three-dimensional aspect, each piece unique in its own right. I have long been familiar with his work, and the words of my poem were forming in my mind from my first viewing of this piece.

The photo is my own, as the painting is now in my home. The painting presents even more light from different angles, with silver and white seeming to emanate from hidden layers, which draws my eye to it at unexpected moments.

My thanks go to Editor Lorette C. Luzajic, who continues to present a wide variety of art and poetry at The Ekphrastic Review, for accepting this poem.

Ken G.