Poetry Corner with Ron Koertge

FILE PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | Poet Laureate Ron Koertge stands beside the Moreton Bay Fig, aka the 'Library Tree', at the South Pasadena Public Library

School, inevitable and necessary as it is, can also be a child’s first real encounter with uniformity and academic rules.

I’ve used this poem off and on for years at poetry readings in and around Los Angeles, and afterwards someone always comes up to me and says,

“That’s what it was like for me, too. All the fun was gone.”

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             First Grade   



Until then, every forest

had wolves in it, we thought

it would be fun to wear snowshoes

all the time, and we could talk to water.


So who is this woman with the grey

breath calling out names and pointing

to the little desks we will occupy

for the rest of our lives?




PHOTO: Steven Lawrence | SouthPasadenan.com | Author Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge is the current poet laureate of South Pasadena.

Contact him at this e-mail address:  ronkoepoet@gmail.com