Troiku – Basho’s Final Haiku

 

旅に病で
夢は枯野を
かけ廻る

falling sick on a journey
my dream goes wandering
over a field of dried grass

falling sick on a journey
summer has lasted too long
the sun hides in rain

my dream goes wandering
cranes are heading southward
passing the ones who stay

over a field of dried grass
a sudden wind from a storm
whistling my farewell song

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Back in 2012 (or 13?) Chèvrefeuille, the host of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, introduced the form he called, Troiku.  Follow the link for more information on this form.  It’s an interesting twist on an ancient and revered poetry form.  It’s also a lot of fun!  The first haiku is the last one the master, Matsuo Bashō, wrote before he died.

 

 

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