20170703

Tom Montag


AGAIN, a sequence

Only so much
one can say.

Then darkness
chooses you.

~

To be or not,
again the mis-

understanding.

~

Again
emptiness.

Again
a silence

which strangles.
Given nothing

I leave nothing.
You say help

is on the way?

~

Which is
where he

goes when
there's no

where else
to.

~

The other side
of silence, where
light resides.

Come home, it says.
Come home.

~

In the emptiness
only motion still.

~

Much as
silence

distance
is, and

stars are.

~

And you can't
see the truth

without
the darkness.

Sometimes
a word is

all you need.

~

One moment.
Another.
The wind lifts

and again I am
headed home.




Tom Montag is the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013, This Wrecked World, and The Miles No One Wants. He has been a featured poet at Atticus Review, Contemporary American Voices, Houseboat, and Basil O'Flaherty Review, and received Pushcart Prize nominations from Provo Canyon Review, Blue Heron Review, and The Lake. With David Graham, he is editing an anthology of poetry about small town America.
 
 
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