Tuesday, November 24, 2020

WE HAVEN'T 


We haven't yet
taken wing.

There are limits
to what any

heart can want.



INSTRUCTION 


Like a new-
born heaving

for breath, the
poem has

preference for
air. Do not

hold back from
white space and

stanza break.
Let light shine

through the lines.



Monday, November 23, 2020

LEAF 


Leaf
in the breeze,
a winking eye.

Even in autumn,
some sun.



WHEN ONLY 


When only
the mountain

remains, you
who were there

might leave it
for me, and

I who was
not will sit

with it -- as
if I could

be a saint.
The mountain

would not have
it any

other way.



Sunday, November 22, 2020

SOME OF THE PEASANTS 


Some of the peasants
are peasants,
who keep the great wheels turning.

Some of the peasants
are poets,
who try to give us hope.

Some of the peasants
are sons-a-bitches
who drive the darkness on,

blind to stars above.



BELIEVE 


Believe
in the stars
as if

in God.
The stars will
save you.

The stars
will take you
to that

place which
lies beyond
caring

about
existence,
about

the soul's
endurance,
about

any-
thing other
than the

stuff we
were, and are,
the stars.


Saturday, November 21, 2020

AH 


The tawny plains,
the dark air,

and mountains,
ah, the mountains!



SO, YES, THE 


So, yes, the
universe
hums

an E-flat
thousands of
octaves

below what
we can
hear,

a jazz
trumpet or
sax

wailing
the only
note

that matters.



Friday, November 20, 2020

SMALL BIRDS 


Small birds
like leaves
in high wind,

the sky wide
with turning.



SOMETIME 


Sometime
someone
will say

the last
thing that
can be

said. It
won't be
me, for

I still
stand in
the mid-

dle of
the fire;
I still

burn with
asking
what might

bring this
final
silence.



Thursday, November 19, 2020

LOVE 


Even at this
distance, the taste
of it, the fierceness.



SPRING IS ONLY 


Spring is only
this sauntering.

Its leaf-green
offering is

only a tug at
our wanting more

every day than
the grey memory

of winter's
bitterness.

Come, sun, break
this earth open

like a flower
blossoming, like

a heart bursting
with joy, like

a cliche
in glory. Let us

enter the promise
of spring with

everything
we've got. We've got

nothing to lose.



Wednesday, November 18, 2020

SPIDER/POET 


Spider
in his web,

and morning dew.

Poet
waiting for the sun.

Are we not brothers?



LINKS TO PUBLICATIONS FEATURING THE WOMAN IN AN IMAGINARY PAINTING 


POEMS: THE WOMAN IN AN IMAGINARY PAINTING

Atticus Review
https://atticusreview.org/from-the-woman-in-an-imaginary-painting/

Cacti Fur
https://cactifur.com/2020/04/08/tom-montag-from-the-woman-in-an-imaginary-painting/

Hamilton Stone Review
https://www.hamiltonstone.org/hsr42.html

Ink Sweat & Tears
http://www.inksweatandtears.co.uk/pages/?p=21764

Litterateur
https://litterateurrw.com/magazines/november_20/files/basic-html/page54.html

Mad Swirl
http://madswirl.com/poetry/2020/07/from-the-woman-in-an-imaginary-painting/
https://madswirl.com/poetry/2020/11/from-the-woman-in-an-imaginary-painting-the-paradox/

The Miscreant
https://miscreantmagazine.com/2020/07/28/feature-tom-montag/

Orange Blush
https://orangeblushzine.wixsite.com/home/obz1

Otoliths
https://the-otolith.blogspot.com/2019/11/tom-montag.html

Sheilanagig
https://sheilanagigblog.com/volume-4-3-spring-2020-the-poets/tom-montag/

Sparks of Calliope
https://sparksofcalliope.wordpress.com/2020/11/18/selections-from-the-woman-in-an-imaginary-painting-by-tom-montag/

13 Myna Birds
http://13myna.blogspot.com/2013/02/13.html

Trouvaille Review
https://www.trouvaillereview.org/home/10-poems-from-the-woman-in-the-imaginary-painting-by-tom-montag

Verse-Virtual
http://www.verse-virtual.org/2020/April/tom-montag-2020-april.html
http://www.verse-virtual.org/2020/June/tom-montag-2020-june.html



I DO NOT 

 
I do not
wish

to repeat
the old

stories,
myths

and such.
I want

to shape
new ones.

Yet
I know

there is
nothing

new
under

the sun,
except

perhaps
some new

configuration.



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