Tuesday Dec 12

Gerry-McCarthy.jpg Gerald McCarthy’s newest book of poems is Trouble Light (West End Press/University of New Mexico Press, 2008).  New poems appear in River Oak Review, War, Literature & the Arts, Third Wednesday, Silk Road, and The Broome Review.
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Curb Runner
 
I was born with one leg
shorter than the other,
and I learned to ride the curbs
swinging my good leg
outward like a wing.
Step and a half
they tagged me—
I’d look up to see them
standing around
across from the high school
downtown, near
Marino’s lunch place
where the sign said—
they also serve
who only stand and wait
and below that: Be still and know.
I know I wanted to skirt
the crowd, the laughs—
hey stepper, whatcha doin’ there?
No use trying to escape
what you can’t change,
whirling away from their stares—
my good heel hitting hard
against the asphalt.