Nonce Poetry: Troiku

In celebration of National Poetry Month @murisopsis from A Different Perspective is once again hosting a poetic scavenger hunt. This year’s theme is “nonce” form poetry. What is nonce form poetry? Well, it’s basically a form that was created by a poet for their own use. What’s interesting about a nonce form is that if it is adopted by other poets and used more often it will no longer be considered a nonce form, but rather become recognized as a “valid” poetical form.

The scavenger hunt features thirteen nonce form challenges all to be completed within the month of April. I highly encourage you to check out the prompts and participate here.

Ok, now onto the fifth challenge…Troiku


This form consists of an initial haiku (your own or borrowed) followed by three haiku stanzas featuring the original lines as the first line respectively.

Bonus: use the word cloud


For this prompt I will chose to borrow from the beautiful classic “Over the Wintry” by Natsume Sose.

Wintery Winds
from Natusume Sose’s Over the Wintry

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow

Over the wintry
nights, cold bones shiver and shake
under the bed clothes

Forest winds howl in rage
stoking embers to flames
lighting the night

With no leaves to blow
Under the snow clouds cover
Winter’s winds rage on.

I like the idea behind the Troiku. I often wonder what would come next in a haiku and here is the opportunity to expand on them and find out. If I counted correctly I kept the required 17 syllables per stanza. What do you think?

Be well,



  1. murisopsis says:

    Excellently done and the initial Haiku was a great choice!! I think the Troiku is your vehicle!!

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