A Very Short Love List by Tim Suermondt

A Very Short Love List

A row of buttons on a dress.

A book next to the roses
On the nightstand.

A bird on the windowsill,
Peeking through
The carelessly drawn blinds.

A man and a woman
Talking fast
But softly as monks.

A very white winter in Harlem,
Many years ago.

by Tim Suermondt

Editor’s Note: Imagery conveys a story fraught with history in this poem. The reader’s experience fills in the gaps (and in doing so, we discover that those gaps are deliberate trails into a narrative rich with meaning).