Thomas Martin, US
light the morning
Hummingbirds bloom in every blossom's breath
Flickering of gold dust shook from tiny heads;
Glistening the morning light,
A sleight of hazy wings,
A sudden quickening of the heart's delight.
That summer so much too beautiful to bear;
Flying, dancing, humming, being,
Quickening in the cathedral light;
And soaring on some liquor divine,
A fool with wings!
The anointed messenger of the gods of play;
For now is the time
Stopped and still in the golden air
I see myself shining everywhere.
grew up on a small farm in the Piedmont of North Carolina, where
he graduated from the University of N. C. at Chapel Hill,
majoring in English. He has written poetry since his teens, but
did not discover haiku and related short Japanese forms until
rather late in life.
He has published in such journals as Frogpond, Modern
Haiku, Mayfly, Magnapoets and Contemporary Haibun Online
among many others. He is a member of the Haiku Association of
America and active in the Oregon regional chapter.
He lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his wife, Joyce.
This is Thomas
Martin's first appearance in Sketchbook.
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