thistle field    nothing sticks    to the stone buddha

—Stanford M. Forrester

(previously published in Albatross)

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 6 October 2005 by Stanford M. Forrester

    kala ramesh
    2005-10-06 19:54:08

    i read a poem
    and go on with my life
    but a few sit smiling . . .
    in the deep inner spaces
    of my mind - forever

    thank you, stanford.
    with a bow in your direction

    Vasile Moldovan
    2005-10-07 02:06:42

    In this world
    even the stone Buddha
    feels lonely

    kala ramesh
    2005-10-07 02:49:31

    hi vasile,
    that's a good one.

    john tiong chunghoo
    2005-10-07 03:39:55

    old temple
    smoked faces
    of gods and goddesses

    bobby michael richardson
    2005-10-11 20:15:20

    the haunts of my mind thistles bound as the season ends

    bobby michael richardson
    2005-10-12 13:06:13

    hmmm, on 2nd thought

    the haunts of my mind/thistles abound/as the season ends