June 30, 2014

Ron Koertge

MARK TRAIL

whose thoughts are always outside
on the Lost Forest National Forest
 
or the Lost Meadow National Meadow
where his wife goes sometimes
 
when he is away, kidnapped as usual.
Cherry Trail. An evocative name
 
and source of much raw humor
at the Lost Tavern National Tavern.
 
Let’s focus on Cherry in the Meadow.
She’s taken off her flannel shirt
 
and rolled-up dungarees to swim
in the Lost Lake National Lake.
 
A bear appears, but she can’t be
almost mauled until Mark returns.
 
Mr. Nick of Time. She can’t forget  
the honeymoon after 47 years of courting.
 
She’d shaved some of her pubic hair
just in case. But—no. After hot dogs
 
and s’mores Mark slipped into his 
own sleeping bag. “Tomorrow,”
 
he said, “let’s hike into town and renew
my auto registration.”
 

from Rattle #42, Winter 2013

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Ron Koertge was the featured interviewee in this issue. (website)