Kenneth Koch – To You

Two Hundred and One

Ay!! Happy birthday wonderful Autumn Rose! May you always shine, may you always dance, and may you always laugh to my bad jokes my friend! Also, mad love with lots of kabab and super chill times from the motherland! I have not looked at my laptop since my flight from DC to Istanbul five days ago and wowza that feels amazing! But I wanted to write to you and tell you that I love and wish I could hold your hand tight in mine like shoelaces holding each other and show you what it means to see Iran through my eyes! Wherever you may be and whoever you are be well my dear!!

Kenneth 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 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.

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