Movement


By Tim Suermondt

It can be spectacular:
a nation in revolution—
its people waving orange
flags in the breeze
of gunpowder and casseroles.

It can be simple:
a couple rowing a boat
on a lake, the man pointing
to a mansion on the mountainside,
saying “This will be ours,
darling, one of these days.”

A couple rowing a boat—
and my contribution to motion
consisting of heating a dish
in the microwave, setting a place
at the table, calmly but with vigor
tearing a paper towel off the roll.


Tim Suermondt is the author of two full-length collections:  Trying to Help the Elephant Man Dance ( The Backwaters Press, 2007 ) and Just Beautiful from New York Quarterly Books, 2010. He has poems forthcoming in december magazine, Plume Poetry JournalNorth Dakota Quarterly and Ploughshares. He lives in Cambridge.