Autumn Leaves Must Fall, Troiku

Kerfe selected the form for this week’s #TankaTuesday challenge. It’s the Troiku, explained HERE. I stuck to the 5-7-5 syllable count out of habit.

However, the way the example shows, only 13 syllables were used. It’s free-style micro-poetry, so I think whatever you’re comfortable with works.

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the wheel of time turns
summer flows into autumn
autumn leaves must fall

the wheel of time turns
the veil thins, magic revived
nature's blessings flow

summer flows into autumn
the passage of time—
unyielding journey

autumn leaves must fall
in darkness, we glimpse the light
lives, well-lived move on

© Colleen M. Chesebro

37 thoughts on “Autumn Leaves Must Fall, Troiku

    1. Yes!!! I love that analogy. I do like the idea of this form and the troika sleigh is so expressive. I would actually space out the stanzas so visually they would look like a sleigh and horses. I think Reena did that. It looks great.

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  1. Colleen, in the myths and heroes class I’m taking right now we are talking about how much human activity goes on in the autumn, even as the season slows down. It’s the completion of nature’s cycle and humans do “like to revive magic when the veil thins.” Great way of putting it!

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    1. Oh, sounds like a wonderful class, Lisa. I come at things with a pagan viewpoint often. Samhain is the witch’s new year. The wheel of time starts all over again. I love autumn. It always feels so full to me. 🎃

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    1. It’s a “free-style” haiku-like form. I kept mine in the 17 syllables, but it seems kind of open-ended on the count. It was fun. Next year, I’d like to experiment with some free-style and syllabic forms used together to make a poem. I just tried a Dizan. I’ll post it. 😀

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    1. Each season has its own beauty. I’m not a summer person. Heat and sun are not my thing. Spring and Autumn are favorites. Winter is the rebirth. It’s like nature needs this time to rest so it can create beauty again.

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