art studio ...
   an ant's shadow
       traces the peony

—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 26 April 2006 by Stanford M. Forrester

    2006-04-26 02:53:31

    I am interested in your take on the English 5-7-5 rule and how haiku translations do not strictly follow it as well as this rule in creating haiku. Thanx :-_-:

    2006-04-26 07:02:21

    Valerie, this question comes up a lot, and it's answered right here on tinywords: see About haiku

    2006-04-26 11:15:49

    Ah... the visual presented through a dream.
    your feet
    hide a shadow
    not yet thrown

    b. m. richardson
    2006-04-26 13:02:46

    in answering valerie, "i" feel the 5-7-5 rule makes for good study; of what once was. today, there's a vain attempt to recreate, in the english language, the japanese haiku of old. albeit, something more wonderful can emerge; akin to the fledgling taking wing from the spent pale shell.
    valerie go for it, whatever you can draw from the bottomless well, called inspiration...

    myron lysenko (myronpoet at hotmail dot com)
    2006-05-16 06:11:20

    i like this closely-observed haiku, particularly the fact that it is the tiny ant's shadow which is tracing the flower.

    thanks for this startling and memorable image.

    2009-05-23 16:47:28

    this daffodil
    in the midst of the daffodil field
    yellow the sun