The woman ties it tightly
in the stiffening wind.

I hang on to my cap, dog-eared
as it is after years of use
even on windless days.

I love the red scarf.
I love my battered cap.

Because the world is often
so cruel—it needs them both.

© Tim Suermondt 2020

Tim Suermondt’s sixth full-length book of poems A Doughnut and the Great Beauty of the World will be forthcoming from MadHat Press in 2021. He has published in Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Georgia Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Stand Magazine, december magazine, On the Seawall, Poet Lore and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.