The sunlight overwhelms
the vestiges of the snow light,

yet even with the clarity
it’s hard to tell if the man I see

is walking the dog or the dog
is walking the man, though both

of them seem to have affection
for each other, no matter who

holds the whip-hand. While I
write lines in my head, I put on

my shoes and coat and head out,
ready for any adventure, large

or small. Eliot, let’s make this
April the kindest month, we can

do it. You’ll be surprised at what
I’ll have written later, alone.

Tim Suermondt’s sixth book of poems, “A Doughnut And The Great Beauty Of The World” will be forthcoming from MadHat Press in 2021. He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, On the Seawall, Poet Lore and Plume, among others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, poet Pui Ying Wong.