Friday Haiku: Your Turn

Every Friday when we do these, there are a lot of great reader haikus in the comments, and some are, um, quite frankly, better than ours. [Cough, cough.]


Here’s the plan. Do your own Friday Haiku for this image, in the comments section. We’ll re-post around Noon PT as Friday Haiku Part II (or something,) with one of the haiku comments!

Write your own haiku
And it may show up right here
On Cute Overload

Mallard Duckling at SF Bay Center
Photo by Cheryl Reynolds. Submitted by Andrew H. of International Bird Rescue. Read more about this duckster’s story here.



  1. kodalai says:

    The sun shines
    From a duckling’s down
    Spring has come.

    (I prefer the 3-5-3 meter for English haiku, since I feel like it’s more true to the spirit of the haiku, but here’s a 5-7-5 to go with it)

    Little lost duckling,
    With your soft sunflower down,
    You light up my life.

  2. DogEared says:

    Here it is.
    The cutest duck ever.
    I am ded.

  3. Sparky Malarky says:

    Hey Cute Overload
    If you want to write Haikus
    You should learn the rules

  4. Once A Fish says:

    Adjective verb noun
    Adjective adjective noun
    Noun present tense verb.

  5. Quacker in disguise
    Sporting faux-swan eyeliner:
    Duckling `a l’orange

  6. Sparky Malarky says:

    Little orphan duck
    Glad you made it to this world
    Even missing Mom

  7. Saffron says:

    Yes, my fuzzy gaze
    Will tell the Meaning of Life
    But give me noms first.

  8. Totally Jersey says:

    Wee little quacker,
    Who was saved by TLC.
    Swim on, sweet duckie!

  9. 260Oakley says:

    Asleep at their post
    C.O. ducks out on the job
    Readers get quacking

  10. CoffeeCup says:

    Quack Quack Quack Honk Honk
    Honk Quack Squeak Quack Honk Cheep Chirp
    Chirp Cheep Honk Squeak Quack

    Signed, Duckling of Vogon

  11. dubyah1 says:

    Wee camo’d canard.
    Floofball from beak to webbed feet:
    Duck out of water.

  12. dubyah1 says:

    If it swims like one,
    Quacks like one, waddles like one,
    Of course, It’s a cat.

  13. LOL! Better than most of his compatriots’ work, that’s for sure. (Um, are we allowed to non-haiku-comment?)

  14. dubyah1 says:

    Duckie, you’re the one
    Who makes CO lots of fun
    Awf’lly fond of you.

  15. dubyah1 says:

    Symbol of autumn,
    Infant mallard reposes
    In his springtime down.

  16. dubyah1 says:

    C-section hatchling:
    Hooray for science and hoomans!
    Imprints on us all.

  17. dubyah1 says:

    Hai-C.O. addict:
    Better than working! I could
    Stop any time I

  18. Little lost quacker,
    Adorable bit of fluff
    Which way is the pond?

  19. Little beady eye
    On fuzzy little quacker
    Smiley happy bill

  20. A quacker bandit
    Gentleh in the hand is worth
    a day of sunshine

  21. dubyah1 says:

    I think that I shall
    Never see, a duck or swan
    I would call ‘ugly’.

  22. katrinab73 says:

    perfect eyeliner
    gaze playfully into lens
    duck-face to a T

  23. Laurie W says:

    O silly duckling,
    this is what happens when you
    put your makeup on in cars.

  24. Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck,
    Duck, duck, duck, duck, duck, duck,
    Duck, duck, duck, duck, goose!

  25. O silly duckling,
    this is what happens when you
    put your makeup on in cars.

    (this might be a repeat; it says I submitted but it’s not showing up – if so, sorry for repeats!)

  26. katrinab73 says:

    oh it’s the saved duck
    I missed that on the first round
    can you forgive me?

    i guess something more serious would be apropos:

    on the inter-webs
    one in a million ducky
    makes a million smile

  27. I never knew mom
    But kind people helped me live
    Sad story turned joy

  28. My eyeliner is perfect
    no frizz on me I feel fine
    Life is good

  29. Cheeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzz!

  30. Mohawk do’s are cool
    Racing stripes, too, are da bomb
    Stardom, here I come!

  31. Beady eye factor
    Plus fluffy downy goodness
    Too cute – head explodes

  32. Slicked back duck feathers?
    Tiny fifties greaser duck,
    Needs waterproof gel.

  33. just bein’ the rebel I truly am
    Che eee eee eee eee
    eee eee eee eee eee eee eee
    eee eee eee eee zzz!

  34. HeatherLouWho says:

    Hello, little duck!
    Friendly, smiling, happy fluff.
    Will you be my friend?

  35. rocinrobin says:

    Bright eyes, racing stripes
    Bits of fluff and honking stuff
    ducklet says it’s spring

  36. a risk accepted
    “give that egg a chance for life”
    little Pink Seven

  37. judging by the existence of survivors, only third worst in the universe… 🙂

  38. Rosepath says:

    Friday Quack Who

    Mom almost had me
    Kindness warmed my egg to hatch
    I celebrate life

  39. Elizabeth Grisham says:

    Sweet yellow duckling,
    Sitting in a lucky hand
    Wish I had one, too.

  40. Nice!!!

  41. Ann Rae Jonas says:

    Duckling orphaned in
    egg—thanks to rescue and warmth,
    wet fluff pips and lives.

  42. fleurdamour says:

    Guyliner duckling
    Runs open bill at Fuzz Bar
    Disco duck for sure

  43. MJ Reese says:

    I have just come from
    The most exquisite salon.
    Liking my results?

  44. Can’t write a haiku
    Saw this little, beaky face
    Head and heart went “sploot”.

  45. Rosco56 says:

    Duckling in the sun
    Having a wonderful day
    No worries at all

  46. dubyah1 says:

    Yay for guyliner!

  47. Rosco56 says:

    Read this ducks story and cam up with this

    His mother duck died
    But baby duck is healthy
    Thanks to the rescue

  48. folks make way for me
    because they can’t stand the cute.
    eat your heart out, sir

  49. 6rabbits says:

    From 2 of my fourth graders:

    Tiny cute ducky
    swims in water with new friends
    kissable baby

    Fluffy little duck
    banana-yellow and brown
    happy to be found

    From me:

    Quack, quack says duckling
    proud to be on this website–
    best one on the ‘net.

  50. Monique in TX says:

    Ducks are cute when small
    Though not so cute when grown up,
    Good with orange sauce

  51. dubyah1 says:

    Wow! Hurray for teachers and Grade 4’s [I speak Canuck ;-)]
    Love the duck as banana 🙂

  52. Tiny quacking beak
    Yellow floofy survivor
    Ducked a tragic end!

  53. Annie M says:

    duck duckie duckie
    duckie duckie duckie duck
    duckie just duckie

  54. Annie M says:

    feather-do just right
    eyeliner perfect, okay
    CO closeup now

  55. Annie M says:

    photo on C.O.
    my cute will make your head ‘splode
    just my duck luck, quack!

  56. Annie M says:

    ducky photo shoot
    is this fuss because i’m cute?
    you quack me up!

  57. Julia Weinstein Wolfe says:

    Fuzzy baby duck
    Mouth open for what? No clue
    Cute needs no reason

  58. emmberrann says:

    I was owned by a young cat once, who called so much during her first heat she lost her voice. In the vet’s office, waiting for her spay appointment, one of the vet’s other patient’s kids asked to see the duck in mycardboatd carrier, becausehe could hear it quacking. It was of course my poor little cat, Mitty, who actually was a liile hoarse.
    Thank you, I’ll be here all week, ladies and gentlemen…

  59. emmberrann says:

    CardboaRd. Forehead palm.

  60. Ms Janet says:

    Little yellow duck
    May be small in stature, but
    big on the noise! Quack!

  61. Friday Haiku rules
    Do not concern warm ducklings
    We have one on hand

  62. Even WITH the electronic audience enhancement! 😯

  63. Li’l baby duck…
    stay small as long as you can;
    being grown means work

  64. Juanita says:

    This Star Wars themed one came out first:

    Quack! Little fuzzball.
    Methinks he’s laughing it up!
    Han is not amused…


    Fluffy little fluff
    I want to snorgle you now!


    This little quacker,
    Is the best little quacker,
    In all of quackdom.

    Stop me, please…
    (Dr. Who inspired)

    Are you my mommy?
    (I don’t like how the mask fits)
    Are you my mommy?

  65. Thanks old mod Teho
    You know I owe you big time
    Put it on my bill?

  66. The old duck ponders,
    at the end of a long life
    Waits grey duck or goose?

  67. reader haikus in the comments… some are, um, quite frankly, better than ours. [Cough, cough.]

    Oh, no, Brinke!
    You must not thinke
    Your haikus are stinke!
    They rock!

  68. dubyah1 says:

    I’d never heard one do a perfect Donald D. before! 1:14