Sadly, there is still no news of Martin Lucas, coming up to three weeks since he walked out his front door in Preston, Lancashire during the night, without phone, money or medication.
Britain is reckoned to be one of the most observed countries in the world, thanks to its love of CCTV – one camera for every 11 people – so it’s puzzling and worrying that there have been no reported sightings of Martin.
Martin, former president of the British Haiku Society, is editor of Presence, a journal that comes out twice a year. He has a PhD for his study of haiku as creative writing and is author of Stepping Stones: a way into haiku (British Haiku Society, 2007) and co-editor of The New Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2002). Martin is a keen bird-watcher and some of his haiku were included in the Wing Beats anthology (Snapshot Press, 2008).
a light rain …
sweeping the moor
the peewit’s cry
– Martin Lucas, from Wingbeats
a moment before sunrise –
beneath the swans’ feet
– Martin Lucas, winner of the Katikati Haiku Contest, 2010
Sadly, Martin’s body was later found on a Lancashire beach. Read the update here.