Tom Montag

The Poet
Ah, not
imagination
but patience.
That your eye
lingers. That
you insist
on what is.
That you will
let go and
enter
it. That
when it comes,
you are here,
you are
still here.

Cemetery
Imagining
hawk overhead
imagining us.
Imagining
wind in the pines,
the darkness to come.

Morning
The way the trees
grasp the light,
saying Let go
of everything.

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.