Last Trip Out

Tami Haaland




Here a chair placed close to the car. 

She falters, little steps, little life. 

When she sits I bring pie and coffee 

and hope she will eat. 

The dog is near. We think she might like 

to see it once more. She speaks, 


running her fingers along its crown. 

Around us, late summer green— 


this bit of shade, this bit of time. 

The breeze tussles her silver hair. 

Last Trip Out

Tami Haaland is the author of two books of poetry: When We Wake in the Night, and Breath in Every Room. Her third volume, What Does Not Return, is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press in spring 2018. Her poems have recently appeared in Ascent, Redheaded Stepchild, Consequence, South Dakota Review and a variety of anthologies. They have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. Haaland lives and teaches in Montana.