windless afternoon -
at the temple gate
the Wind God's stare

—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".

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Responses to the haiku for 25 May 2005 by Stanford M. Forrester

    2005-05-25 12:00:48

    strange how the mind works
    John Fowles', The Magus, appears
    nothing Asian there

    Which is precisely why this "compact" art form can be so the possibilities. Hot sun, a Greek isle, just what we need here in New England on a November-like day in May!

    Kala Ramesh (nonesuch at vsnl dot net)
    2005-05-25 17:55:24

    ha ! lovely Stanford.

    takes me back on memory's lane
    when on innumerable south India trips
    seen these same stares from huge figures
    i was told was guarding the villages
    against evil spirits!

    scared and in awe of nature
    we respected her
    which naturally turned to Worship
    - Kala Ramesh

    sylvain moret
    2005-05-25 18:38:33

    ok poem. let's not forget the
    men who built the gods!

    the buddha of lantau
    i bow to those
    who built the statue

    Vasile Moldovan
    2005-05-25 19:59:49

    First sound:
    the buzz of a fly
    even in the statue's ear

    Dirk van Nouhuys (DHvN at wandd dot com)
    2005-05-25 21:19:00

    Windless afternoon.
    At the temple gate
    the wind - God's stare

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2005-05-26 00:44:09

    "to turn and look upon its face,
    brought fear i'd never known --
    the shadow has ever haunted me,
    as i walk the earth so alone--
    and when i turned, no face i saw,
    for the shadow was my own
    death angel's shadow"

    karl edward wagner

    john tiong chunghoo
    2005-05-26 09:52:39

    windless afternoon
    each noise finds
    an echo

    2005-06-04 18:30:50

    the sun reflects off the deck

    2009-03-08 22:53:45

    pristene dawn-
    75 southbound
    2 souls fender-bender