The Old Poet’s Vagrancy

Tom Montag


Vagrancy is what
he will be charged with.

A poet with his
pockets turned out, who

has nothing and wants
nothing. Sparrow-like.

Traveling light. Taking
only what the wind

can carry. Taking
nothing but dust and

the ashes we become.



Tom Montag is most recently the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013. 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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