Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Here and Now by Richard Martin

A brief flash of blue and brown,
as wings fold their fluttering feather --

a jay has settled itself
in a fork of the chestnut's leafless branches --

from this vantage point,
it seems to survey its surroundings intently --

I contemplate the bird,
savouring the essence of the here and now.

Richard Martin was born in London and studied at Cambridge. For many years he taught English and American literature at the University of Aachen in Germany. He and his wife live just across the border on the slopes of the highest hill in Holland. His poetry has appeared in magazines in England, USA, Ireland, and Austria. He has published three collections.

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