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Last Year's Leaves
Tom Montag


Last yearís leaves
in this yearís wind.

A screen of trees
with sky behind.

All Iíve got
is what I want.

© by Tom Montag.
Used with the authorís permission.

Tom Montag was raised on an Iowa farm, but now lives in Wisconsin. Retired from a career in the printing industry, he is the author of several books of poetry as well as several books of prose. He's also a songwriter and plays bass, as often as he can. Tom teaches creative nonfiction and poetry at The Mill: A Place for Writers, in Appleton, Wisconsin, and his work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. With David Graham, he is currently editing an anthology of poetry about small towns. Tom's poem, "Lecturing My Daughter on Her First Fall Rain," has been incorporated into the permanent design of Milwaukee's Convention Center, along with the work of other Wisconsin writers. Learn more about him at




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Lovely haiku style writing, not just because it is a small poem but the ideas too, last years leaves in this years winds so beautiful. Maire
Posted 03/19/2012 11:00 AM
Elizabeth McBride:
Love the twist
Posted 03/15/2012 02:13 PM
Jean Colonomos-1:
jean: love when less is more
Posted 03/15/2012 11:14 AM
a lovely taste of Zen this morning...
Posted 03/15/2012 10:32 AM
Simple, wise.
Posted 03/15/2012 09:39 AM
Nice! It will suffice!
Posted 03/15/2012 08:03 AM
Gary Busha:
An excellent poem and insight. Good to see Tom's work here.
Posted 03/15/2012 07:45 AM

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