wintry creek
a pair of mallards
paddle close together

—Margaret Hehman-Smith

About the author: Margaret Hehman-Smith, margaret at

The author is a member of the Southern California Haiku Study Group ( Margaret's first haiku chapbook, "Dedicated to Abandoned Animals," is now available at American Haiku Archives, Cal State Library, 900 N Street, Sacramento, California. Her drawings in the book are of animals she rescued.


Responses to the haiku for 4 March 2003 by Margaret Hehman-Smith

    john bird (jbird at mullum dot com dot au)
    2003-03-04 15:45:57

    I was looking for a haiku to try Dylan Tweney's comment system. Up came your 'wintry creek' and I didn't have to pretend -- it ss delightful! Thanks for sharing.

    Helen Kinsella (helekin at webtv dot net)
    2003-03-04 17:02:37

    I loved this Haiku. It made me long all the more for spring. I never think of California
    as having winter. I live in N.Y. State and we
    are a long way from Spring although it officially starts this month. Helen Kinsella

    Dawn Bruce (somersetpoets at ozemail dot com dot au)
    2003-03-05 01:27:40

    Love the feeling of warmth on a wintry day which you conveyed by having the two birds paddle close together.

    Craig Mclanachan (cramar at actrix dot co dot nz)
    2003-03-06 00:44:26

    Nice idea. Good image, involving and ultimately satisfying.

    W.E.G. (the_renga_master at hotmail dot com)
    2003-09-04 18:04:21

    to Margaret H-S re your ku. It is alright. Please say hello to Jerry T.B. for me. I have been out of haikuland for some months again & i have changed my email adrs. You have to be more specific than this one if you want to write great stuff. JTB's on a widow was great.--- E

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-27 00:48:54

    migrating mallards
    lake's reflection --
    mallards rush up to greet them