To Be Prepared

My friend has started a relationship again,
but still keeps an empty suitcase by his couch
to remind him that he can’t take anything for granted
since his divorce, be ready for a move at any time.

“She’s good and funny,” he says about the new woman
in his life and maybe this match will last
and he can put that suitcase back in the closet where
it belongs, fill it up for the best of reasons.

But I sense a sadness lingering with my friend,
one I fear no amount of sunlight will expunge.
“I want you to meet her,” he says, his hands trembling
a hair, “just to let me know…just to let me know.”

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, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, december, On the Seawall, Eunoia Review, Poet Lore and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.

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