An Openness

The blue air,
    a white day.
An openness,
     birds beyond
the sky. Breath.
     I mean
the motion—
     I mean
the pause we make
     just before
we understand.

Tom Montag is the author of In This Place: Selected Poems 1982-2013. He has been a featured poet at Atticus Review, Contemporary American Voices, Houseboat, and Basil O’ Flaherty Review, among others.