Saturday, January 16, 2021

The Zen Space, Winter Showcase 2021


Haigaonline, January 2021

Winter Gallery


Solstice arrives with a frosting of ice on our waterways. I am enchanted by the work of wind, sunlight, and human hands, as they polish and sculpt glassy surfaces into luminosity. When deep snow arrives, this icy beauty disappears from sight for a few months. Come the spring, it shines anew for a short while, before melting into ether and earth.


Brass Bell, January 2021

solo hike
I lose track of myself
in the forest

Tsuri-doro: A Small Journal of Haiku and Senryu - Inaugural Issue #1, Jan/Feb 2021

new-fallen snow
the traces of things

Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 6, Issue 61, January 2021


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Cherita, October 2020

Issue: "an old sadness"

a cloak of clouds

draped across
my shoulders

I wander
these ancient hills
that loved you

my father's shape

a small snowdrift
in this hospital bed

he opens his eyes
and calls me
by my childhood name

sea nymphs

I listen
to soft whisperings

the pink nautilus
of your ear

Monday, December 28, 2020

Australian Haiku Society, 2020

Summer Solstice 2020 AHS Haiga Kukai: Non-Seasonal Entry

voyages . . .
the light we find inside

Highly Commended

Judge's Commentary:

Ah yes, a fine reflection on the voyages through life and the light we find in ourselves is indeed what sustains and nurtures our very existence. All the great traditions speak of going within to truly know our source and what we truly are. Debbie has given us a great teaching beside the humble lighthouse - a beacon of hope and a saving grace for us all.

—Ron Moss

Summer Solstice 2020 AHS Haiga Kukai - Seasonal Entry

halcyon days
we are made of sand
and water

(Note: these haiku were written in response to artwork by Ron Moss)

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Irish Haiku Society International Haiku Competition 2020

My thanks to judge, Anatoly Kudryavitsky, for selecting the following haiku:

storm hour
the cliff's face carved
a little deeper

3rd Prize
IHS, International Haiku Competition 2020

Triveni Haikai Calendar Competition, 2020

My thanks to Kala Ramesh, Shloka Shankar, and Shobhana Kumar! The following haiku was chosen for the month of March, 2021:

balcony garden
the birds have finally
found me

Honourable Mention
Triveni Haikai Calendar Competition, 2020

Polish International Haiku Competition, 2020

My thanks to the judge, Marta Chocilowska, for the commendation!

forgotten grave
only the small bones
of leaves remain

Commended Haiku
Polish International Haiku Competition 2020


Akita International Haiku Network, 9th Akita International Haiku Contest, 2020

My thanks to judges, Ben Grafström, Hidenoru Hiruta, and David McMurray for awarding the following haiku on the theme of "Time/Temporality":

blue nemophila
I still miss the little things
about my sister

Winning Haiku
9th Akita International Haiku Contest (English Section-Open) 

(there were 241 contest entries)


The Japanese hillsides near the sea are carpeted with little blue nemophila in the spring. I have also grown the white and purple varieties, but in this case, I wanted to convey the colour of my late sister's eyes. To write in the 5/7/5 format (contest requirements) without using excess words, is a challenge I enjoy. I'm also happy if I'm able to incorporate a pivot line, offering a bit of ambiguity for the reader to ponder and interpret in their own way. When read with line one, "I still miss the little things", might mean that the writer regrets not noticing small, everyday joys. When read with line two, the meaning might be taken more literally. 

Our Best Haiga: Black & White Haiga/Haisha, December 2020

 Curated by Lavana Kray

December 7, 2020

(Note: this tanka originally appeared in Blithe Spriit 30.2, May 2020)

December 12, 2020

(Note: this tanka originally appeared in Moonbathing 18, 2018)

December 14, 2020

(Note: this tanka originally appeared in GUSTS 32, 2020)

December 26, 2020

(Note: this senryu originally appeared in Cattails, April 2020)

The Bloo Outlier Journal, Issue 1, Winter 2020

rose petals i slip deeper into reverie

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Jalmurra, December 2020

Featured Artist: December 21, 2020

Note: this haiku originally appeared in The Cicada's Cry, Winter 2019

Featured Artist: December 24, 2020

Note: this haiku originally appeared in the Australian Haiku Society, 2019


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Yuki Teikei Haiku Society, Haiga Holiday Celebration, December 2020

Though I was unable to attend the virtual YTHS Haiga Holiday Celebration, I was happy to share this haiga:

The Poetry Pea Journal of Haiku and Senryu, Autumn 2020

Editor: Patricia McGuire


the undulation of dunes
becoming water


wild angelica
the candied scent
of your name

sun trap
the cat's tail tickles
my toes


winter jasmine
we inhale the scent
of dying stars