Author Archives: Thomas Martin

For a moment, no movement at all might bring a clearer view

This time of year the night starts earlier. On an overcast day at 3.30 dimming and closing in has already begun. There can be a mild anxiety in this, the ending of life perhaps, of a dark unknown that creeps … Continue reading

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Strength of Lightness

During a recent walk, I saw on a lawn a ginger cat with a white throat. It was lying on its back kicking and biting a stiff black crow’s feather. Long patches of late afternoon light crossed its pale apricot … Continue reading

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The river flowed on looking its darkest…

That fog blanketed the world outside was evident by a particular quality of light reflected on the wall of the bedroom and the long high pensive weeep, swurrr sounds starlings seemed to make on a cool, dimmed day. Later cycling … Continue reading

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…a joyful flame

The trees are almost bare now; some linger on like the ornamental pear, some trees still covered with  brown leaves like wood filigree. Leaves are scattered in the streets, on pavement and along an embankment in the park. A few greens … Continue reading

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Antonio’s story

His name was Antonio. I got to know him well in the last two or three years of his life. He was around 60, thin and wiry, a photographer by profession and an avid marathon runner. He photographed weddings a … Continue reading

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I could hear her walking on the polished oak floor

I could hear her walking on the polished oak floor in the hallway – tik t tik t tik t. She turned into the living room, stopping to rub the corner of her mouth on the edge of the doorframe, … Continue reading

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…kindness and care in all directions

The swallows had started another nest late. We were told their previous young had somehow fallen from the nest and died. The nest was inside the porch, high up in a dark corner, stuck to the wall, white and black … Continue reading

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…not impersonal or personal but strangely friendly

Most days a crow alights on the end of the guttering on the neighbor’s house in clear view of the living room window. It often carries food it has scavenged, a little bread and today a few pieces of tofu … Continue reading

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Fidelity To The Whole Environment

On the end of a trail that climbs 1400 ft in 2 miles on the Washington side of the eastern end of the Columbia Gorge is the remains of an old cherry orchard. The few trees left are blackened and … Continue reading

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Arnold

Arnold died on Wednesday, April 7th at 5.45 pm. Maybe he would agree with me, over coffee, that this feels like a beautiful, auspicious date. Why, I don’t know. April, Wednesday and 7 all seem to give that sense. He … Continue reading

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