"Having a Coke with You" is awesome because we're in love with you. Yep, that about sums things up. This poem is not just an expression of love, though. It's actually much more thoughtful than that. It's a meditation on just what it means to be in love. How does being in love affect the way we see the world? How might it change our understanding of and thoughts about art? Those are big questions, but O'Hara is up to the task… right after he takes a sip of that ice cold soda.
The poem shows us that love that is not appreciated is love that is wasted. (Sad.)
This is not a love poem. This is a poem about being in love. There's a big difference.