By Tim Suermondt

Crawfish shadows on the street
and a gossamer elm by the drugstore―

a blind man on the corner plays a saxophone―
the locals say “he sees with his heart”

and, darling, I think I know what they mean―
the world gives as much as it takes.

(Today’s poem originally appeared in Thrush Poetry Journal and appears here today with permission from the poet.)

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 published poems in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Blackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review and Stand Magazine (U.K.) and has poems forthcoming in Gargoyle, A Narrow Fellow and DMQ Review among others. After many years in Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

Editor’s Note: Today’s poem offers us a little song, a little food for thought, and a little optimism. In the end, it’s all about perspective; how do you see the world?

Want to read more by and about Tim Suermondt?
The Backwater Press – Trying to Help the Elephant Man Dance
NYQ Books – Just Beautiful