Simply Haiku: A Quarterly Journal of Japanese Short Form Poetry
About Simply Haiku
Spring 2008, vol 6 no 1
One of my favorite things to do as a child was to baby-sit for the Greenbergs.
Their neat little boy of seven was easy to sit for. And that wasn't the best part. The
Greenbergs owned a drug store and they let me choose the following: my favorite
sundae—butterscotch; my favorite comic books, such as Prince Valiant, to read
while they were out for the evening; and to top it all off, I was paid fifty cents!
Mr. Greenberg came to be an important person in my life, more than I would have
Days ticked by. I was in junior high and doing well. My older brother starred
on the basketball team. My older sister had a job and a steady boyfriend. My mother
was a hair stylist and rode the trolley into the city every day. We lived in an apartment
above a bakery. The cooking aromas were delightful, especially on the day they made
One snowy afternoon in November, I came home from school and detected a
different odor when I opened the front door. It smelled like gas from the stove. I threw
my books down and ran up the stairs. There was my sister, lying on the kitchen floor!
I panicked and ran downstairs to the baker who could not understand what I was saying.
I ran up the street to the drugstore and blurted out the words as fast as I could to
Mr. Greenberg. He came immediately, leaped up the stairs, turned off the stove and
opened the windows. He stood my sister up and carried her down the back stairs. He
placed her in his van and we drove to the hospital in time.
in the snow
Margaret Hehman-Smith is a professional artist. Over 40 paintings, drawings, and
original prints may be seen on her web site: www.hehmansmith-artwork.com
She earned a BFA, 1973, and an MFA, 1975, from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles.
She writes articles, short stories and poetry. A novella, Mysteries of the Savannah,
has just been published and is available on Amazon.com.
Hehman-Smith lives in Hollydale, a suburb of Los Angeles. The den in her small
house is a computer center. The garage was converted into a studio so that she
wouldn't have to go through her old routine of traveling to a loft in downtown LA.
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