Kenneth Koch

To Jewishness

As you were contained inOr embodied byLouise SchlossmanWhen she was a sophomoreAt Walnut HillsHigh SchoolIn Cincinnati, Ohio,I salute youAnd thank youFor the factThat she receivedMy kisses with toleranceOn New Year’s EveAnd was not taken abackAs she well might have beenHad she not had youAnd had I not, too.Ah, you!Dark, complicated