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The Thunderbolt Kid, a Poem

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

The Thunderbolt Kid

The Thunderbolt Kid

The Thunderbolt Kid

Cody McGee was no ordinary child,

He was filled with a drive that is rare,

To help anyone who appeared in distress,

Risk his life with scarcely a care.


He greeted each day with vigour and vim,

Head down he would charge straight ahead.

Nothing deterred Cody from his goals,

He became more determined instead.


A battered old jersey his favourite attire,

But what made it simply the best

Was the stunning thunderbolt of gold

Embroided across the chest.


Young Cody was known for his jersey

He wore it in all that he did,

So, the nickname he gained not surprising,

They called him “The Thunderbolt Kid.”


Image by Prawny from Pixabay

Image by Prawny from Pixabay

Extreme selflessness was his superpower

But no mask or cape did he need,

For, The Thunderbolt Kid was well known in his town,

A real superhero indeed.


When someone was bullied he'd rush to their aid,

They'd cry, "It's The Thunderbolt Kid!"

Cody would just put his hands on his hips,

The bully with haste having fled.


"My dog has gone missing!" " My cat's up a tree!"

"My assignment is long overdue."

The Thunderbolt Kid will be there in a flash,

There was nothing that he wouldn't do.


It doesn't take much, you don't need superpowers,

Just a simple desire to do good.

You too can be like The Thunderbolt Kid,

And if you think not, then you should!


The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Off the Shelf

Well. it's been a while but I decided to resume my Off the Shelf series. For those who don't know already this is where I choose a book from my bookshelves and use the title as inspiration for a poem or article.

This time I chose a book called The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. This is a fun-filled memoir of Bill's time as a kid growing up in 1950's America. I certainly enjoyed the read and I'm sure many of you will too, as well as relate. I find Bill’s writing to be tongue in cheek, with sometimes dry, easy flowing humour that I just love.

I was fortunate to source my copy of the book from a second hand store for the bargain price of $2.00. Happy days!

Bill Bryson says about this memoir on the back cover, “Growing up was easy. It required no thought or effort on my part. It was going to happen anyway. So what follows isn’t terribly eventful, I’m afraid. And yet it was by a very large margin the most fearful, thrilling, interesting, instructive, eye-popping, lustful, eager, troubled, untroubled, confused, serene and unnerving time of my life. Coincidentally, it was all those things for America, too.”


© 2019 John Hansen

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