Kenneth Koch Poems
|1.||In Love with You||9/12/2015|
|2.||To My Father's Business||4/20/2010|
|3.||The History Of Jazz||5/17/2011|
|4.||On The Great Atlantic Rainway||5/17/2011|
|8.||The Brassiere Factory||5/17/2011|
|9.||Poem For My Twentieth Birthday||4/20/2010|
|10.||The Magic Of Numbers||5/17/2011|
|12.||A Momentary Longing To Hear Sad Advice From One Long Dead||4/20/2010|
|14.||Talking To Patrizia||1/20/2003|
|15.||To Various Persons Talked To All At Once||1/13/2003|
|18.||Variations At Home And Abroad||1/1/2004|
|19.||Variations On A Theme By William Carlos Williams||1/1/2004|
|20.||The Boiling Water||1/1/2004|
|21.||One Train May Hide Another||1/20/2003|
One Train May Hide Another
In a poem, one line may hide another line,
As at a crossing, one train may hide another train.
That is, if you are waiting to cross
The tracks, wait to do it for one moment at
Least after the first train is gone. And so when you read
Wait until you have read the next line--
Then it is safe to go on reading.
In a family one sister may conceal another,
So, when you are courting, it's best to have them all in view
Otherwise in coming to find one you may love another.
One father or one brother may hide the man,
If you are a woman, whom you have been waiting to ...
There is no way not to be excited
When what you have been disillusioned by raises its head
From its arms and seems to want to talk to you again.
You forget home and family
And set off on foot or in your automobile
And go to where you believe this form of reality
May dwell. Not finding it there, you refuse
Any further contact
Until you are back again trying to forget