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Poetry Friday: "Do You Have Any Advice for Those of Us Just Starting Out?" by Ron Koertge

April 5th, 2019 (06:00 am)
sleepy

Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave
your house or apartment. Go out into the world.

It's all right to carry a notebook but a cheap
one is best, with pages the color of weak tea
and on the front a kitten or a space ship.

Avoid any enclosed space where more than
three people are wearing turtlenecks. Beware
any snow-covered chalet with deer tracks
across the muffled tennis courts.

Not surprisingly, libraries are a good place to write.
And the perfect place in a library is near an aisle
where a child a year or two old is playing as his
mother browses the ranks of the dead.

Often he will pull books from the bottom shelf.
The title, the author's name, the brooding photo
on the flap mean nothing. Red book on black, gray
book on brown, he builds a tower. And the higher
it gets, the wider he grins.

You who asked for advice, listen: When the tower
falls, be like that child. Laugh so loud everybody
in the world frowns and says, "Shhhh."

Then start again.

- "Do You Have Any Advice for Those of Us Just Starting Out?" by Ron Koertge

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Comments

Posted by: Linda Baie (Linda Baie)
Posted at: April 5th, 2019 03:16 am (UTC)

I have loved Ron Koertge's books, lately "Lies, Knives, and Girls In Red Dresses" & a few earlier. Sad to write that I haven't kept up, but he has that edge in his words that makes one think! Thanks for this!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 5th, 2019 03:51 am (UTC)
books

This one is so easy to picture!

Posted by: cheriee weichel (cheriee weichel)
Posted at: April 6th, 2019 01:15 am (UTC)

Thank you for this poem and the introduction to Ron Koertge. I have become a fan!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 6th, 2019 01:17 am (UTC)

Enjoy!

Posted by: Buffy Silverman (Buffy Silverman)
Posted at: April 7th, 2019 09:36 pm (UTC)

The turtle neck line made me laugh--but then I started thinking about what a male stereotype it is....

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 7th, 2019 09:42 pm (UTC)

Interesting. I've never thought of turtlenecks as being favored by any particular gender. I've only thought of them as more from the 50s/60s than present day.

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