Sunday, 2 March 2014

Day 590: An Original Love Poem

Now, this is an original love poem if ever I've seen one. Ebullient and endearing, its honest and witty 
'say-what-you-feel'  descriptions prove its sincerity.  So many great lines you'll be gasping out loud at 
their ingenuity.

To You - Kenneth Koch

I love you as a sheriff searches for a walnut
That will solve a murder case unsolved for years
Because the murderer left it in the snow beside a window
Through which he saw her head, connecting with
Her shoulders by a neck, and laid a red
Roof in her heart. For this we live a thousand years;
For this we love, and we live because we love, we are not
Inside a bottle, thank goodness! I love you as a
Kid searches for a goat; I am crazier than shirttails
In the wind, when you’re near, a wind that blows from
The big blue sea, so shiny so deep and so unlike us;
I think I am bicycling across an Africa of green and white fields
Always, to be near you, even in my heart
When I’m awake, which swims, and also I believe that you
Are trustworthy as the sidewalk which leads me to
The place where I again think of you, a new
Harmony of thoughts! I love you as the sunlight leads the prow
Of a ship which sails
From Hartford to Miami, and I love you
Best at dawn, when even before I am awake the sun
Receives me in the questions which you always pose.


  1. I love when you post poems by writers I haven't heard of before, and then the poems are these brilliant little flashes of insight and imagery, and I want to read everything the writer has ever written....

    1. Cheryl, you must definitely check out Kenneth Koch! He's a weird and wonderful poet!


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