welcome to #85 of hedgerow. this week features art by Debbie Strange. you can visit her blog here — http://www.debbiemstrange.blogspot.ca/. as always, grateful to contributors & readers alike. enjoy!


please note —

submissions are now closed, as hedgerow is taking a summer break after #86 (15th July). you will be notified once submissions reopen, on our facebook page below!





with love & kindness,

caroline skanne
founding editor










the distance
of the harrier’s cry
withered moor


freeing itself
of itself
the thawing stream



Paul Chambers is a haiku author from Newport, South Wales. His work can be viewed at www.paulchambershaiku.com











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fluffy white cloud
our old cat
is gone

Ben Moeller-Gaa is the author of two haiku chapbooks, the Pushcart nominated Wasp Shadows (Folded Word Press 2014) and Blowing on a Hot Soup Spoon (poor metaphor design 2014). Learn more about Ben at www.benmoellergaa.com.










this rune resembles a tree
arms lifted up
to the maddening sky…I raise
my arms and dance with myself

rune like mountain peaks
daring us
to leap like warriors
ready to crash or fly

gateway rune
like a deer among woods
on the space “between
heaven and mundane”

Carole Johnston lives in her imagination most of the time, but sometimes, she lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She writes short poems every day and has published two books of poetry: “Journeys-Getting Lost” and “Manic Dawn.”











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sand dunes
the deepening creases
in my skin


wind chimes
the fledgling’s
first flight

Christina Sng writes haiku to immerse in nature amid life in the city. She finds joy in gardening, birdsong, and sakura tea. Find her at christinasng.com.










long road trip…
reaching the dead end
of our relationship

Debbi Antebi (@debbisland) exhales oxygen while writing poems. She lives in Istanbul, Turkey, with her husband and books.






















roar of chainsaws
the green man

Pat Davis lives in Pembroke, New Hampshire, USA.  She enjoys her family, reading, writing, painting, and going places with her husband.











parked bulldozer
a field of daises
overtakes the blade


“RV/ Camping”
black snags poke
out of a swamp


no scarves, no pipes
since when did the snowmen
quit smoking?

Richard Stevenson, Nanaimo, BC, Canada











winter moon
a coat of mismatched buttons
left on the curb

Nika is the pen name of Jim Force. He has published two chapbooks: frogs singing (1993) and snail my friend (2015). Nika lives in Victoria BC where he writes with The Heron’s Quill. He is a member of Haiku Arbutus as well as Haiku Canada.











for fifteen years
my mother walks back
through time
returning at the end
to where it all began

Susan Constable lives on the west coast of Canada, where she’s been writing haiku and tanka for the past ten years. She was the tanka editor from 2012-2016 for the online journal, A Hundred Gourds.










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the art in this issue was brought to you  by Debbie Strange. you can read more about her here — http://www.hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-in-conversation/



publication credits —


Debbie Strange – torn petals – Failed Haiku, May 2016

Debbie Strange – folding unfolding – brass bell, September 2015

Debbie Strange – sunrise sunflower – brass bell, November 2015

Debbie Strange – summer storm – Frameless Sky, June 2015



hedgerow #31

welcome to #31 of hedgerow! if you haven’t already passed by our new ‘poet / artist spotlight’, have have a peek here — (https://hedgerowpoems.wordpress.com/poet-artist-spotlight/ ). as always, a warm thank you to readers & contributors alike.


with love & kindness.







ambulance siren –
an albatross dragging the sun
out of waves


empty home –
mom’s lipstick on a teacup
so vivid


after divorce –
the dog carries your slipper
to its nook

Lavana Kray is from Iasi – Romania. She is passionate about writing and photography. Nature and the events of her life are topics of inspiration. Her work has been published in: Haiku Canada Review, Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi, World Haiku Association, Daily Haiga, Heron’s Nest, Frogpond, Eucalypt, Acorn, Ardea, Ginyu, Presence, Traversées and others. She has been chosen for Haiku Euro Top 100-edition 2014. This is her blog: http://photohaikuforyou.blogspot.ro




last time
i saw grandpa
just before he died
when I was fourteen
he didn’t know me
but his hand in my hand
knew our kite flying days

Robyn Cairns is a Melbourne based poet who shares her poetry and photography on twitter @robbiepoet.





Tom Slagle loves wilderness, wild rivers, good coffee, literature, travel, play, and kindness. A native of Colorado, he now lives and loves in the desert southwest, USA.




hemming curtains by hand
suddenly my mother…
school summer dresses
sun breaks through the day’s cloud
now I can hang the washing out

Jo Waterworth lives in Glastonbury, UK, where she has been writing poetry for many years. She blogs at jowaterworthwriter.Wordpress.com and has had a pamphlet of short poetry published by Poetry Space of Bristol.




Bear Moon
I’m all out of honey
but please come for tea anyway


Walking Moon
in your brand new sneakers
I can hardly keep up with you


Worn-Out Moon
now is the time
to sink into a lavender bubble bath


Roller Skating Moon
who would have thought you could be
so graceful on wheels?


Purple Moon
I almost mistook you
for a field of irises


Ice Cream Moon
not everyone can handle 3 scoops
but you can


Garden Moon
thank you for reminding me —
nobody owns the flowers


Shakespearean Moon
surely it is better to be
than not to be


Laughing Moon
I love the way
your belly rises and falls


Matchmaker Moon
what a brilliant introduction —
bee, meet flower


Midnight Moon
when you can’t sleep
do you count stars?


Brave Moon
you stood up for me
I’ll do the same for you


Fashionista Moon
on you
the hot pink feather boa is divine


Mango Moon
to get enough of you


Thrifty Moon
shopping with you isn’t as much fun
as I thought it would be


Tango Moon
claiming the horizon
as your own private ballroom


No-Poem Moon
all I can do is love you
there are no words

Zee Zahava lives in Ithaca, New York (USA) and is the editor of the online haiku journal “brass bell.”




enchanted garden…
the languages of flowers,
butterflies and birds
are all that remain
when moonlight ceases

Ed Bremson speaks lovingly of the moon in his forthcoming chapbook, Like a Summer Night, https://finishinglinepress.com/product_info.php?products_id=2375





Tony Johnson lives in Moreno Valley, CA where he writes by the light of the moon, seeking his creativity from a dark past and emerging with poems about love, relationships, and childhood. On the side, he is a amateur photographer.




moon lake
paper boat

Vibeke Laier lives in Randers, Denmark. A few minutes of mindful attention helps her to engage with the world. She likes the process of capturing moments of the day in small sentences and micro poems… it is as a way to be open to the magic.




forgotten frost
the mother
I’ll never be


splashing through spring
my goddaughter
in her new pink boots


scan results
the shadow of a fly
in the spider’s web

Rachel Sutcliffe, from Yorkshire, UK, has suffered from a serious immune disorder for the past 14 years, throughout this time writing has been her therapy, it’s what keeps her from going insane!




the universe! in each snowflake

Matthew Moffett lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, with his wife and two kids. He thanks you for reading his poems!




the ebb and flow
of two worlds


frog pool
so many eyes
admire the moon


silent night
crossing the lake
a falling star

Simon Hanson lives in rural South Australia relishing the open spaces and distant horizons. He spent a number of years in the philosophy department of Flinders University which he thoroughly enjoyed though he did have a difficult time persuading others that Beauty is an objective feature of the universe and not just in the eye of the beholder.




hedgerow #25

welcome to #25 of hedgerow, featuring ten different poets & artists. in this issue we celebrate the international haiku poetry day. thanks for stopping by everyone! enjoy.

with love & kindness.





old mare
on her back
the sun

Debbie Strange (Canada) is a published tanka and haiku poet and an avid photographer. She enjoys creating haiga and tanshi (small poem) art. You are invited to see more of her work on Twitter @Debbie_Strange.





Barbara Kaufmann can be found (or lost) wandering in the woods, beaches and gardens of New York, her camera and notebook in hand, hunting for poems.http://wabisabipoet.wordpress.com/




spring rain
so many greens
on my palette


April picnic
every sandwich
slightly damp

Rachel Sutcliffe, from Yorkshire, UK, has suffered from a serious immune disorder for the past 14 years, throughout this time writing has been her therapy, it keeps her from going insane!




leaving for London
the dawn chorus
sees me off


Thirteen Bends Road
as usual we argue
the number


war exhibition
the crawling toddler
has lost a shoe

David Serjeant lives with his young family in Derbyshire, UK. He is the current editor of Blithe Spirit, the journal of the British Haiku Society. Among other things, he enjoys art-house and foreign cinema and growing vegetables.




morning meditation…
separating the worm
from a weed’s roots


muddy puddles —
opening a new box
of watercolors

Julie Warther (@JulieWarther) lives in Dover, Ohio and serves as Midwest Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. (www.hsa-haiku.org). Her haiku chapbook “What Was Here” is available through Folded Word Press. http://foldedword.bigcartel.com/product/what-was-here




stepping into whitespace rain

Mike Andrelczyk is currently living in Strasburg, PA. Also lived in Los Angeles, Ca. and Lewes, De. He likes writing haiku about the ocean, potatoes, moons, plants – mostly little things except the ocean which is huge, and the moon which looks little but isn’t. Follow on Twitter @MikeAndrelczyk.




the tears
collecting in his eyes
turn to sobs …
until now, I have never
let myself cry like this

Anne Curran who lives with her cat Ollie and extended family
in Hamilton, New Zealand has been writing Japanese verse forms for publication for about four years. She is a great fan of many other short verse poets.




Tea washes down these many dry hours
I haven’t spoken to a soul all day
Tonight I shall dry my throat again
Talking, talking, talking to the moon

Lightwater lives and writes on the shores of the North Sea in England. His blog can be found at hagakimoon.blogspot.co.uk.





Alexis Rotella (Arnold, Maryland, USA) served as Haiku Society of America President in 1984, her famous poem Purple appears in Creative Writing: An Intro to Poetry and Fiction St. Martin’s Press, Teaching with Heart (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2014).




as far as my dreams can see … lily of the valley

Lolly Williams, from California, is a little magpie who collects scraps of words, phrases, images and other shiny things for her short form poetry and mixed media art. Her work can be found in various print and online publications.