shadows in gray sky ~ haiku

shadows in gray sky
slicing through scattered snowflakes
crows circling in flight

This haiku is my response to
Carpe Diem # 1581 Black Birds

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Portal ~ haiku

I submitted the five poems here to Pure Haiku for Freya’s latest theme, Portal.
The fourth and fifth haiku were featured at Pure Haiku
on November 20th and October 15th.


beneath arching boughs
leading to shadowy depths
path reveals splendor

sample on glass slide
discovery magnified
revealing knowledge

inviting starlight
gateway to the universe
distant galaxy

light shifting to red
on pathway to the unknown
event horizon

aged oak timber
tales told in each line of grain
imposing entrance


celebration toast ~ fusion troiku

The prompt for Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #65 Crossroads … Troiku … New Year’s Eve starts with two haiku by Jane Reichhold to be used to create a “fusion” haiku,
which is then to be the base to create a troiku.

a new year
rising from wild seas
a few stars

the glass with candlelight

               © Jane Reichhold

celebration toast
under benevolent stars
greeting a new year

celebration toast
among family and friends
old year behind us

under benevolent stars
hopes for happiness to come
facing the future

greeting a new year
positive resolutions
as glasses are raised

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.


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