forgotten temple --
a yellow flower
offers itself

—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

Responses to the haiku for 30 August 2004 by Stanford M. Forrester

    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-08-30 02:06:51

    fruitstall's backlane
    a little round honey dew
    has sprouted

    kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-30 02:53:46

    forgotten stones
    plastic flowers
    under the leaves

    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2004-08-30 06:08:42

    nursing home--
    praying for peace

    Narayanan Raghunathan (mahashishta at hotmail dot com)
    2004-08-30 08:19:26

    Madurai dawn~
    flowers all around
    myriad temple bells~

    birds flutter among
    flower-vendors, nibble
    fragrant air~

    sunlight leads
    to Meenaakshi's altar~
    camphor mantrams~

    Meenaakshi ~ Fish-eyed Devi Aadi ParaaShakthi.

    W.E. Greig (renga_ya at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-30 21:39:55

    Well this is quite good Stanford, and for once i'll
    resist my inborn penchant to critique & be thankful that you have picked a ku for me that agrees so well with how i see the world on this my birthday. ---W.E.G.

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-08-31 01:36:00

    A ruined temple-
    the allconquering wild flowers,
    the almighty grass

    Ellen G. Olinger (ElinGrace at wi dot rr dot com)
    2004-08-31 12:18:18

    giving speeches
    folding towels
    same tree turning gold

    shirley weese
    2004-08-31 16:57:29

    watering the dahlias
    trying hard
    to miss the spider's web

    paul m.
    2004-09-01 15:44:47

    A delightful poem! I like the poem's suggestion that the flower is a temple as well, one that we have perhaps over-looked in the rush that is modern life.

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-09-03 08:26:15

    blustery day ~
    fish and osprey