Tuesday Poem: ‘Waiting for a Plane to Paris’ by Tim Suermondt

Waiting For A Plane To Paris

I watch a woman
with multi-colored scarves in her hair
walk by and hope a woman in Paris,
with multi-colored scarves in her hair,
is waiting for me,
a woman entangled in nylons in her bed,
a woman I will like if not love.
In a flat in the Marias
chairs hang from a wall,
Ponge lies on a red table, pears and beer
in the refrigerator-so many months
of beautiful anticipation. I’m glad
I know nothing and have everything to learn.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATim 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 ReviewBlackbird, Able Muse, Prairie Schooner, PANK, Bellevue Literary Review and Stand Magazine (U.K.), and has poems forthcoming in Mudlark, A Narrow Fellow and Plume Poetry Journal among others. After many years in Queens and Brooklyn, he has moved to Cambridge with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.


I came across this poem at Up the Staircase and instantly liked it, as I do much of Tim’s work. It has a vibrant and warm feel, and and understated tone. 



Find more poems this week from the energetic mix of Tuesday Poets below. Just click on over to the main hub and see what’s happening. This week you’ll read a poem by Rachel O’Neill, whose debut poetry collection will be released later this year. Her poem is presented by Tuesday Poem hub editor this week, Sarah Jane Barnett. You can also find poems by the various TP collective members — look down the left-hand sidebar and click on each one to see their weekly contributions.

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