Tim Suermondt is the author of TRYING TO HELP THE ELEPHANT MAN DANCE ( The Backwaters Press, 2007) and JUST BEAUTIFUL from NYQ Books, 2010. He has published work in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Southern Humanities Review, Bellevue Literary Review and Prairie Schooner, and he has poems forthcoming in Tygerburning Literary Journal and Stand Magazine (U.K.). He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.
Once the tallest building in Hong Kong
it looks now like a fly
resting on the arm of Yao Ming.
There was a library there
where children sweet in their school uniforms
came to devour the books, in Chinese and English.
My wife was one of those children
and as she stands before City Hall
after many, many years
what was kept vivid by the rigor
and delight of memory
becomes alive in the present.
My wife beautiful as the nearby harbor
on a clear day, the Star Ferry
disappearing into the sunlight,
a ten year old sitting in the park
by the black statue of Councilman Jones,
reading from a book she’s checked out
for the first time.