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

About Sivan Butler-Rotholz

Sivan is the Managing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.
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  1. Annerliegh says:

    Small perfection.

  2. Maya Elashi says:

    It’s obvious from his picture and the poem: he sees with his smile! Lovely.

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