Thomas Martin, US




Free Verse


Hummingbird Summer


Morning glories light the morning
Hummingbirds bloom in every blossom's breath
Flickering of gold dust shook from tiny heads;
Fairy magicians
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,
Divinely mad!
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.



About Thomas Martin, US


Thomas Martin 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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