Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out? by Ron Koertge

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.


3 thoughts on “Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out? by Ron Koertge

  1. Good choice but from a noted author.
    Would you ever consider reading something from a “no-body”?
    It’s then that you must decide it’s worth for your self. ‘o)

    • Hello Oldbuck, apologize for not replying sooner. But, yes, I’d definitely consider reading from a “nobody”. The fame or celebrity of a poet does not make the poet. I look for poets who are not well known, hidden poets, poets who are “no-bodies” in others’ eyes, but they are not as easy to find. If you have any recommendations of poets, do send them my way. Thanks for your comment. Be well!

  2. I couldn’t get this “reply” to accept a “cut and paste” so I’ll just suggest you go to “Google search” and type in:
    1oldbuck1 (with no spaces). That’s my You Tube channel.
    You will hear 26-28 (4 minute) rhymes I would safely predict you’ve not heard before. ‘o)
    I will caution you not to do this at meal time, nobody likes being called “late for meals” and you very well could be if you get hooked by these “lovely” works. ‘o)
    Thanks for your time.

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