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Thomas Reed Willemain


Thomas Reed Willemain is a software entrepreneur, emeritus professor of statistics, and former intelligence officer. His poetry has been published in Sheila-Na-Gig online, typishly and the The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. A native of western Massachusetts, he lives near the Mohawk River in upstate New York. Web site:


March Light

There’s nothing bright
about nearly Spring.
The reds are sleeping,
The sun yellow is thin,
the sky blue is weak,
the grass dull beige,
the salted streets gray.

The brightest color
is the only one that
has no future:
final snow
shining even as it fades.
Some among us
are like that snow,
shining even as they fade.

Old men,
late to poetry,
searching as they melt
into cold hard earth
knowing they will never
see the coming color.

And old women,
born to poetry,
feeling birth coming
deep in their bones
and smiling at the memory
of colors about to be born.
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