Love, all love

I feel a little sapped if I have to tell my students, oh look here’s another metaphor, because instructing this and explaining that, divests a poem such as this of its ambulant afterglow. When the subject is love, all love; scholarly explication seems unwanted at times. Here’s Kenneth’s Koch “To You”…

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 ulike 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.

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2 Responses to “Love, all love”

  1. Very nice poetry… I liked it very much

  2. beautiful……..have u published a book yet….coz i would like to purchase it…….as i love poetry

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