History cools its feet in the creek
and the world stands still, no moves
negative or positive can be made.
When History stands, shaking off
rivulets of water, the world commences,
back in business. “Time to stir things
up again,” History says, not worrying
what the result will be, “so many people”
it once sighed, watching a group of them
weeping, “if they only knew it’s just my job.”
Tim Suermondt is the author of five full-length collections of poems, the latest JOSEPHINE BAKER SWIMMING POOL from MadHat Press, 2019. He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Stand Magazine, Galway Review, Bellevue Literary Review, UCity Review and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.