Ronald Koertge Poems
- Sidekicks They were never handsome and often came with a ...
- An Infinite Number Of Monkeys After all the Shakespeare, the ...
- Fault In the airport bar, I tell my mother not to worry. No ...
- The Streetsweeper goes by at 1:00 a.m. two nights of the ...
- Grand Avenue When the Lexus hit that pigeon, he lay ...
- Ornithology Walking toward the library, I pass three ...
- Body Shop When I come in, my mechanic is eating lunch. He ...
Ron Koertge was born in Olney, Illinois, April 22, 1940
Ronald Koertge is the author of poetry collections like Dairy Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent: Selected Poems, and Making Love to Roget’s Wife (University of Arkansas Press).
He has also written a novel, The Boogeyman, a lot of young adult novels, including Arizona Kid, Mariposa Blues, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and Confess-O-Rama.
Koertge recently retired from Pasadena City College after 37 years of teaching. more »
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They were never handsome and often came
with a hormone imbalance manifested by corpulence,
a yodel of a voice or ears big as kidneys.
But each was brave. More than once a sidekick
has thrown himself in front of our hero in order
to receive the bullet or blow meant for that
perfect face and body.
Thankfully, heroes never die in movies and leave
the sidekick alone. He would not stand for it.
Gabby or Pat, Pancho or Andy remind us of a part
the dependent part that can never grow up,
the part that is painfully eager to please,