Tim Suermondt

The Swiss Alps

A man promises his wife he’ll purchase
a better house by the lake, aware
she really doesn’t care what house it is
as long as they live in it together.

A man has a pizza and a pitcher of beer,
keeping his friends enthralled with stories
of faraway exploits.

A man loses his glasses, finds them and starts
to take videos again—there’s many home
movies yet to show.

A man rubs sunlight on his hands, wishing
he could do his heart likewise.

A man says to himself “Remember me,
remember me,” counting on everyone else
to have heard.

Tim Suermondt                            

Tim Suermondt is the author of five full-length collections of poems, the latest JOSEPHINE BAKER SWIMMING POOL from MadHat Press, 2019. He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, december magazine, On the Seawall and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.