Darkness Holds, These Eternities, Loss by Tom Montag


what we take
into it.
Leave your fears

there. The sun’s
here behind
us. Day will

come again.
Don’t be so
small as to

think such loss
is only
about you.



All the nothing
before he was born
never bothered him

so much as
all the nothing
after his death.



We want to be air,
free as the wind,
yet seem to be

dirt and ashes,
the compost of stones.
We dream of motion

and when we wake
see we are water,
we are only water.



Tom Montag is the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013. He has been a featured poet at Atticus Review (April, 2015), Contemporary American Voices (August, 2015), Houseboat (April, 2016), and Basil O’Flaherty Review (July, 2016), and received Pushcart Prize nominations from Provo Canyon Review, Blue Heron Review, and The Lake.