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':

Boxers

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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