Thomas Smith has written poetry since high school for a number of reasons, including encouraging his wife to marry him. As an academician, he published more than sixty articles and book chapters in the scientific literature. He has published limericks and haiku in several literary journals, including Fireflies’ Light, Frog Pond, and Cattails. He is inspired by living in the community, his family, the outdoors, travel opportunities, and the astonishing experiences of life. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.