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By Tim Suermondt

PROMPT — Joy is ...

The noodles beginning to boil,

meat simmering in the pan

and the already made salad sparkles—

as I remember my friend who loved

food and friendship, gobbling up both.

I check on the weather from the window

and there he is, yes, walking along

my little park, a park he called the park

of masterpieces. The snow falling on him

has accumulated and I better hurry—

he looks up, I look down, the spiral galaxy

getting closer and I say “Please join me

for dinner,” deaf-earing the absurdity

of the request I assisted on making.


Tim Suermondt’s sixth full-length book of poems, A Doughnut and the Great Beauty of the World came out in 2023 from MadHat Press. He has been published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, Smartish Pace, The Fortnightly Review, Poet Lore and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge, MA with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.


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