Poetry: Tim Suermondt


Every time I see a train there
I think I see you stepping
out of a car, returning to me—
how impossible this must sound
to you and I share your sentiment,
though I once believed I could
bend the universe to my liking
and nothing like your leaving would
ever happen. I once waited
for the arrival of a friend and I was
sure I saw you on the platform—
I let out a shout, calling your name
and waving with both hands.
The woman who wasn’t you hurried
past me without any acknowledgment
and I had to console myself by greeting
my friend like it had been decades
since we saw one another. I carried
his suitcase, slapping him on the back
to let he and you know I was happy.


Tim Suermondt’s sixth full-length book of poems A Doughnut And The Great Beauty Of The World will be forthcoming from MadHat Press in 2021. He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, december magazine, On the Seawall, Poet Lore and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.