#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 293, #SpecificForm: Troiku


Last month, I asked Kerfe Roig to select a syllabic form for us to learn more about. Her choice was the Troiku. FAST FACTS

The Troiku is a form created by Chèvrefeuille at https://carpediemtroikuworld.blogspot.com/2015/10/welcome.html. The example for the Troiku (no kigo required in this form) example follows:

First haiku:

seeking knowledge
getting deeper insight
hermit’s choice

Create your second haiku:

seeking knowledge
contemplating under the Bodhi Tree
like Buddha

Create a third haiku:

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

Create a forth haiku:

hermit’s choice
seeking refuge high up in the mountains
closer to the gods

© Chèvrefeuille

In this above example of a Troiku you can see the “structure” of a Troiku as I have invented. The first haiku (bold and cursive):

seeking knowledge
getting deeper insight
hermit’s choice

© Chèvrefeuille

Chèvrefeuille says: “This haiku is the starting verse of the Troiku and is called “the sleigh”. As you maybe know (and can see on the above image) the Troiku is based on the idea of the Russian Troika, a sleigh with three horses. To create “the horses”, you need to use every line of the starting haiku, to start a new haiku with. I have made that visual by writing the first lines of every haiku (horse) in bold and cursive.”

Here are some sites that will help you write your poetry and count syllables:

Not sure how to write syllabic poetry?

READ THIS FIRST: How to craft Syllabic Poetry

Tanka Tuesday Cheat Sheet






Word Craft: Prose & Poetry – The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry


  • Write your syllabic poem. Try not to use “ing” ending words to satisfy the word count.
  • Post it on your blog. Include a link back to the challenge in your post. (copy the URL: https:// address of this post into your post).
  • Copy your link into the Mr. Linky below (underlined with a hyperlink). You might have to delete your previous entry.
  • Please click the small checkbox on Mr. Linky about data protection.
  • Read and comment on some of your fellow poets’ work.

The screenshot below shows what Mr. Linky looks like inside. Add your name, and the URL of your post. Click the box about the privacy policy (It’s blue). As everyone adds their links to Mr. Linky, you can view the other submissions by clicking on the Mr. Linky link on the challenge post. All the links will show in the order of posting.


Follow the schedule listed below:

💜 October Specific Theme: Kerfe

 💚 October Photo Prompt: Lisa

 💛 October Theme Prompt: Anita

Now, have fun and write some Troiku poetry!

39 thoughts on “#TankaTuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 293, #SpecificForm: Troiku”

        1. Yes, on his/her blog, they talk about that possibility. It’s not really haiku, but haiku-like or micropoetry. It’s a fun form and I like the way the stanza flows into each other. It’s kind of free style haiku. LOL! This is similar to a garland cinquain.

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