x-mas ornaments . . .
     a jolly buddha
          bends a branch

—Stanford M. Forrester

About the author: Stanford M. Forrester is the editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse and a past president of the Haiku Society of America. A number of his haiku have been included in "American Zen: A Gathering of Poets" published by Bottomdog Press & "Haiku" published by Knopf. Most recently Stanford and vincent tripi have collaborated on a small book entitled "temple marigold".

To reach Stanford by email: bottlerockets_99 at yahoo.com

Responses to the haiku for 15 December 2003 by Stanford M. Forrester

    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2003-12-15 12:46:23

    Sudden cold--
    Christmas cactus
    already blooming

    (Time of Singing, Vol. 24, 1997;

    2003-12-15 14:24:14

    I like this - made me smile. Thank you.
    Here's one of mine.

    Christmas tree --
    the cat's tail causing
    a fallen angel

    It was published in my collection, 'Just These Few Stones' - now on my website at www.goring1941.freeserve.co.uk

    Marjo in San Francisco (marjosfo at earthlink dot net)
    2003-12-15 20:42:14

    cast iron
    ornament tree
    real trees saved

    Michael Meyerhofer (angry_seraph at yahoo dot com)
    2003-12-15 21:22:57

    A cool juxtaposition of Christian/American traditions with Buddhism and the East. The branch bending is both comical and sad to me, if it's read as emphasizing the conflict between two very different ways of life.

    john tiong chunghoo (bagiruang at yahoo dot com)
    2003-12-15 23:51:07

    souvenir shop
    buddhas smile
    among christmas trees

    Laryalee Fraser (laryalee at hotmail dot com)
    2003-12-17 23:59:13

    decorated tree --
    an angel's wing
    held by duct tape

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2003-12-19 20:22:39

    peace on earth:

    silky white angel hair
    falling gently from the sky

    ed markowski
    2004-01-13 17:20:58

    temple dusk
    the day's warmth emanating
    from a stone buddha

    Mark Eugenio (PatuissetIsland at aol dot com)
    2004-02-24 12:55:32

    three year old
    decorates the tree--
    ornaments half way up

    lana b
    2004-05-21 23:29:41

    old lady's christmas
    faked gifts are freshly wrapped

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-07-28 20:58:32

    mirrored lake
    a myriad of expanding rings ...
    a gentle rainfall