aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Nancy Drew

I still remembering discovering Nancy Drew when I was in fourth or fifth grade. And a friend-ette, Chelsea Cain, has even published an affectionate sendup of Nancy Drew called Confessions of a Teen Sleuth, featuring an older Nancy Drew. (Full disclosure: Did Nancy Drew make me a mystery writer? Hm, in part. Trixie Belden had more to do with it, but no one talks about those books any more.)

So I was delighted to read this poem in today's Writer's Almanac.

Nancy Drew
by Ron Koertge, from Fever. © Red Hen Press.

Merely pretty, she made up for it with vim.
And she got to say things like, "But, gosh,
what if these plans should fall into the wrong
hands?" and it was pretty clear she didn't mean
plans for a party or a trip to the museum, but
something involving espionage and a Nazi or two.

In fact, the handsome exchange student turns
out to be a Fascist sympathizer. When he snatches
Nancy along with some blueprints, she knows he
has something more sinister in mind than kissing
her with his mouth open

Locked in the pantry of an abandoned farm house,
Nancy makes a radio out of a shoelace and a muffin.
Pretty soon the police show up, and everything's
hunky dory.

Nancy accepts their thanks, but she's subdued.
It's not like her to fall for a cad. Even as she plans
a short vacation to sort our her emotions she knows
there will be a suspicions waiter, a woman in a green
off the shoulder dress, and her very jittery husband.

Very well. But no more handsome boys like the last one:
the part in his hair that was sheer propulsion, that way
he had of lifting his eyes to hers over the custard,
those feelings that made her not want to be brave
confident and daring, polite, sensitive and caring.

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