Tom Montag – four poems

Stars Tonight

An astonishment of stars
again tonight, pulling at me.

As if home is never far.
As if darkness is nothing

to fear. As if all I need
is leaping here between us.

Among the Grasses

What the grasses
have been is what
the world is.

We follow the line
of sky and wonder
if a storm

is coming. The
grasses do not

about tomorrow.
Today is enough
for them,

with its gold shining
wind, the promising
morning dew.

Wild grasses, you
understand? Upon
a hillside,

not tended,
making their own
way from

dim and distant
swamp to this lifting
of these

high plains. Here,
in this place
where God lives.

Another Coyote

Another coyote
spirited to heaven,
another sadness
where I live.

In the woods, darkness.
In the sky, wonder
at the day’s wideness.

Everything settles back
and asks forgiveness.

Coyote leads the prayer.

The Weight

All night the stars,
a road in the distance,
some wind.

Things fly away
from us at astonishing
speed, as

if gravity is greater
out at the edge
than here

in the center of this
universe, as if what
we want

was always meant
to be lost to us.

Tom Montag is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013 (MWPH Books, 2014). He is a contributing writer at Verse-Virtual. In 2015 he was the featured poet at Atticus Review (April) and Contemporary American Voices (August) and at year’s end received Pushcart Prize nominations from Provo Canyon Review and Blue Heron Review. Other poems will be found at Hamilton Stone Review, The Homestead Review, Little Patuxent Review, Mud Season Review, Poetry Quarterly, Third Wednesday, and elsewhere.


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