Riding Home With My Wife on Greyhound, On Valentines Day • Tim Suermondt

I want to say it could be worse,
but I realize I could say this about anything.

Sometimes the world is a burden—
Sometimes it’s lighter than grace itself.

My wife is asleep, her head on my shoulder
and her crossed legs in jeans against mine.

I want to say it’s not always as bad as I think.


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, Stand Magazine
(U.K.), and has poems forthcoming in december 
magazine, Plume Poetry Journal and North Dakota 
Quarterly, among others. After many years in 
Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge 
with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.