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 the 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

Poetry Pea, December 2020

 The Haiku Pea Podcast

Series 3, Episode 24 - "No Verbs", December 21, 2020

sixteen hands full
of stars

New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition, 2018

dry fountain
the blue tongue
of a gargoyle

Haiku in Canada: History, Poetry, Memoir - Ekstasis Editions - by Terry Ann Carter, 2020

Honoured to have three haiku chosen by Terry Ann Carter for inclusion in this amazing book:

the melted taste
of you

The Bamboo Hut Press, 2014
Erotic Haiku: Of Skin On Skin, Black Moss Press, 2017

the whistle
of a wood duck . . .
her last breath

Honourable Mention
2015 Drevniok Award

weathered barn
the silence of cobwebs
in moonlight

Honourable Mention
2016 European Haiku Prize

"...Winnipeg poet, Debbie Strange, contributes her poetry online, and has been internationally recognized for her haiku. She is a maker of poems, music, photographs, and art. Her poetry often reflects her deep reverence for nature. From an interview (Ribbons, 15(2), 2019) reprinted on her website, she mentions: "As a child, I used to curl up on the couch in our farmhouse while listening to my father recite poetry. This was my introduction to the power of words, and I remain under their spell to this day."

Fresh Out: An Arts and Poetry Collective, December 2020

Featured Artist: December 20, 2020

Daily Haiku, Charlotte Digregorio's Writer's Blog, December 2020

Grateful to Charlotte for posting two tanka and one haiku on December 20th, 2020!

blue nemophila
I still miss the little things
about my sister

Winning Haiku
9th Akita International Haiku Contest, 2020

a smudge
of blackbirds swirling
into evening . . .
how fluid the shape
of this sorrow

2nd Place
Fleeting Words Tanka Contest, 2018

watching you
prepare a star fruit
just so
the small galaxies
of grace in your hands

The British Haiku Society Tanka Awards, 2019

Akitsu Quarterly, Winter 2020

blowing snow
sarsen stones lean
into it

the red candles
of staghorn sumac . . .
winter solstice

wood stove
our dented kettle
sings all day

Elated to have the following two haiga chosen for back cover of the journal!

Ink Sweat and Tears - The Poetry and Prose Webzine - December 2020

The Twelve Days of Christmas Feature

First Day, December 21, 2020

(note: this haiga first appeared in Under the Basho, 2020)


Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Kindred Spirits, A Linked Tanka Sequence Video, November 2020

It was my honour to be invited to write a tanka sequence with the esteemed poet, an'ya. She has created a video of our sequence, with accompanying music by Richard St. Clair, at:


My work appears in italics below...

of kindred spirits

far apart
but soulful singing
keeps us close
sisters of the salt
on pendulum tides

I dreamt
the oracle of oceans
left your voice
inside an empty shell
for me to find at dawn

a sailor's sky
making the briny blue
palette purple
you are my second self
an ama freediver

kindred spirits
we take flight below
the waterline
bodies like quicksilver
among shoals of herring

november gale
mother mary's petrels
seeking shelter
we travel side by side
reflections in the surf

by pelagic winds
our bones
come to rest at day's end
upon each other's shores

Atlas Poetica, Number 37, 2019

Creatrix Poetry and Haiku Journal, Number 51, December 2020

candy cane snail
it takes time to earn
your stripes

unkempt graves
the poppies that once
stood at attention

the portal
of a wren's nest

Under the Basho, 2020

Personal Best

frozen trough
I cup the warm breath
of my horse

1st Place, 2018 Sharpening the Green Pencil Haiku Contest


cloud shadows . . .
a drove of jackrabbits
in mid-flight

Modern Haiku

tear gas
the missing eyespot
on a moth's wing

we learn to thrive
in your shadow

fourteen eyes
on the possum's back . . .
night train

false apology
the stiff tail feathers
of a ruddy duck

the spine
I used to have . . .
sea urchin

Autumn Moon Haiku Journal, 4:1, Autumn-Winter 2020-2021

the emptiness
of a mermaid's purse . . .
rusted hull

the missing river
of heaven

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Weird Laburnum, December 2020


The Cherita, September 2020

Issue: "leave me here"

they fashioned

beaks for their masks,
nostrils stuffed

with lavender
to thwart the stench
of plague

no matter

how often I mend
the fabric of my life

loose threads
of regret still dangle
here and there

my senses

more alive
than they were

a butterfly's wing
holds all the colours
I cannot name

The Heron's Nest, Vol. 22, Number 4, December 2020

acorns surf the roof
of our tent

stepping stones
a damselfly invites us
to change course

International Picture Postcard Project, 2020

I'm honoured to be included in this project with the following haiku:

transience . . .
petal by petal
we let go

Winning Haiku, 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Haiku Connects Us

About the project "Haiku Connects Us":

The idea of a project of sending postcards from your local place with a word haiku - handwritten on the reverse side - has been on my mind for some time. However, I did not have the courage to make it real. When I finally made a decision, I was only thinking about my close friends I was in touch with.

Yet, fate was different. Human kindness and the pandemic overlapped with one another.

My friends popularized the project worldwide without my knowledge. The first postcard came on February the 1st, later on came many more. Since March there has been a breakdown due to the pandemic. I get postcards that were on their way for 100 days, they are tattered and worn out but victorious.

I wonder how many of them are there left in post bags?

Sending a postcard seems to be a simple act but in fact it isn't. Apart from financial aspect there is also time devoted to it and finally finding a postbox. Sometimes buying a postcard may be a challenge! For me the most interesting was a human factor. Who would be eager to give a little heart, thought or empathy? I wasn't let down. The postcards I received speak to me with their image and handwritten haiku. Handwriting, stamp, postmark, sometimes earmarks are all precious to me. They make me become mentally closer to their sender. I can tell a lot about each and every postcard and I am very moved. Man is victorious, haiku is victorious, in the end we are all victorious and for that I thank you cordially.

—Krzysztof Kokot

Ribbons, Volume 16, Number 3, Fall 2020

in the curling spiral
of this apple
for a few moments,
I am wholly present

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

 Curated by Lavana Kray

November 4, 2020

(Note: this haiku originally appeared in The Heron's Nest 19.1, March 2017)

November 13, 2020

(Note: this senryu originally appeared in Failed Haiku 3:28, April 2018)

November 23, 2020

(Note: this haiku originally appeared in Creatrix 39, November 2017)

November 29, 2020

(Note: this tanka originally appeared in Moonbathing 16, Spring/Summer 2017)

Horror Senryu Journal, December 2020

pond dipping
the face I see
at the bottom

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Presence, Number 68, November 2020

these recurring dreams
of war

hawk strike
I let go
of my breath

the apostrophe
on a quail's head . . .
uncut hay

an elegancy
of avocets reflected
in the pond
we drop our troubles
into the stillness

(note: in the first haiku, "frostquakes" was published as two words)

Stardust Haiku, Issue 47, November 2020

bullied child
a painted lady's
broken wings

New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition 2020

Haumi ē! Hui ē! Tāiki ē! Stay Well Here - NZPS Poetry Anthology 2020

rolled-up jeans
the sudden fountains
of bivalves

winter camping
we make a bonfire
of the aurora

Hedgerow Poems, Number 132, Summer 2020

a torn flip-flop
sanderlings tease
the surf

heaped in rotting mats
on the beach
I find a seagull's wing,
and weep for this world

Human/Kind Journal, November 2020

Humanities Category

(note: This haiga was created in memory of my cousin, whose murder has never been solved. A ghost gun has had its identifying markings removed.)


Failed Haiku - A Journal of English Senryu, Vol. 5, Issue 60, December 2020

 Selected by Co-Editor, Bryan Rickert

(note: this senryu first appeared in Creatrix 39, November 2017)

(note: this senryu first appeared in #FemkuMag 9, February 2019)

(note: this senryu first appeared in The Heron's Nest 20.3, September 2018)

(note: this senryu first appeared in the Asahi Haikuist Network, January 2019)

Contemporary Haibun Online, Issue 16.3, December 2020

Haiga Gallery: selected by Ron Moss


City, British Haiku Society 30th Anniversary Members' Haiku Anthology, 1990-2020

empty diner
petals of light beneath
the streetlamp

Blithe Spirit, Vol. 30, Number 4, November 2020

skipperlings here and there a dog's tail

blue elf cup
one droplet of light
at the centre

dad tells us
that everything is fine
and dandy . . .
this year, we notice
the weeds in his garden

I breathe
a sigh of relief . . .
the pulse
of bread dough rises
under my hands