Gingerly as a moth I make my way down the rugged rocks at Devil’s Den, reminding
myself that the battle started when a group of Confederates rode into town, looking
for shoes, the importance of good shoes looming over me more than I could have
imagined, as important as a good man and a good woman, a good bottle of wine,
a good ball team, hope where there hasn’t been any in sight for days and months.
I feel a tad of blood seep through my sock, but I survive, well enough to flank around
General Pickett’s Buffet and make it back to the hotel along the no longer employed
railroad tracks, the pink light of the early evening gnarled in the clustered poplar trees
like a sharpshooter and I unlock the door and slip, relatively unscathed, out of my shoes,
-- 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.