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Ronald Koertge - Sidekicks

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.

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Poet: Ronald Koertge
Poem: Sidekicks

Comment 2 of 2, added on July 30th, 2013 at 1:13 PM.
Reading at Upstart Crow, San Diego

Hi Ronald, Or do you like to be called Ron? Any chance that you will come be a feature at Upstart Crow Bookstore in San Diego?

Seretta Martin from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on February 11th, 2008 at 5:16 PM.

This peom was different however it had this "thing" i guess that drew me to it.

Small_Town_Girlie from United States

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