Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cityscape II - Boxer

This incorporates a poem by Kenneth Koch. It is from a series called 'Poems by Ships at Sea':


By the SS Oporto, Portuguese Line

Boxers sometimes try to stablize
The energy of their feet and their haunches
One topples! Knockout! Yet
He wasn't so hard hit. No it was I
Making a swerve or knocking back a wave
Unwitting. He gets up and tries to pit
His strength against a human force and mine.
I'll try, but can't do much, to let him win.

South Atlantic, off the coast near Swakopmuna (Walvis Bay), 1949

The full picture is here.

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