first snow . . .
the spider is evicted 
from my boot

—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 13 December 2004 by Stanford M. Forrester

    paul m.
    2004-12-13 17:43:32

    I get the feeling that the poet has known about the spider for some time, and out of compassion has left it alone. But everything has its time and place. Nice!

    H. Gene Murtha
    2004-12-13 18:14:06

    Well Stan, maybe Paul Miller is correct, and you
    knew about the spider?

    A syllable or 2 can be omitted, along with the
    ellipses. Gene

    Vasile Moldovan (vasilemoldovan at yahoo dot com)
    2004-12-14 00:51:04

    Fatal hop step and jump:
    a lot of melted snowflakes
    in the broken cobweb

    john tiong chunghoo
    2004-12-14 03:46:07

    first snow
    smoothing the cream
    on my face

    kate (chrismomxyz at yahoo dot com)
    2004-12-15 08:54:38

    in the winter light-
    the remains
    of a spider web

    ed markowski (1elmarko at comcast dot net)
    2004-12-15 16:51:00

    another fine poem Stanford.

    so randomly falling
    so perfectly fallen

    bob richardson (orgbob at webtv dot net)
    2004-12-16 19:15:21

    first snowfall, through the window --
    laughter of children
    at play


    Alan Summers
    2009-04-12 18:13:10

    Poor spider! Great winter haiku though. ;-)