Poetry: Ron Koertge


Sidekicks  by Ron Koertge

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
of ourselves,

the dependent part that can never grow up,
the part that is painfully eager to please,
always wants a hug and never gets enough.

Who could sit in a darkened theatre, listen
to the organ music and watch the best
of ourselves lowered into the ground while
the rest stood up there, tears pouring off
that enormous nose.


Meet Ron Koertge:

Ron was born in 1940 in Illinois.  He teaches in California and has written lots of novels and poems.

My Impressions:

Ron’s poem reminds me of Blumenthal’s poem on Great Men . And the last lines remind me of our “Many Selves” and the my notion of inward-outward morality.



Filed under Philosophy & Religion

2 responses to “Poetry: Ron Koertge

  1. Funny and wise. I think he’s a comedic poet…at least after seeing his photo coupled with his couplet. I’m enjoying reading your poems at Fields of Yuan. You are quite a prolific writer. thanks for the inspiration

  2. I never thought of sidekicks like that before. More sidekicks meet a grisly end than do heroes…

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