A Worthwhile Sunday
I sip my Irish Cream
and the angels cut me some slack
for reflecting, not immediately writing
about this splendid day.
They’re waiting to read how
I’ll incorporate the red ship we love,
the sleek one moored to the docks
and to our hearts. I can hear
a slight ruffling of their wings, catch
an “oh the red ship” and I promise
I’ll get to the writing soon, make them
proud of what I’ve written, sending
them off to cheers and trumpets, bumping
our red beauty and her Captain Wannabe
a little closer to the heavens.
Tim Suermondt is the author of four full-length collections of poems: Trying To Help The Elephant Man Dance (The Backwaters Press, 2007), Just Beautiful (New York Quarterly Books, 2010), Election Night And The Five Satins (Glass Lyre Press, 2016) and The World Doesn’t Know You published by Pinyon Publishing in late 2017. His fifth book Josephine Baker Swimming Pool will be released in 2018 by MadHat Press. He has poems published in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Blackbird, Bellevue Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, december magazine, Plume Poetry Journal, Poetry East, and Stand Magazine (England), among others. He is a book reviewer for Cervena Barva Press and a poetry reviewer for Bellevue Literary Review. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.