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of Janet Kuypers at the Bahá’í Faith Center (Canon Power Shot SX60) reading her poem “Amber Beads”.
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of Janet Kuypers at the Bahá’í Faith Center (Canon Power Shot SX700) reading her poem “Amber Beads”.

Amber Beads

As the flames engulfed
my worldly possessions
my everything
seemed to disappear.
But I did not cry
for the loss of the money -
I cried for the
photographs,
and the poems, and the amber beads.

I love you, mother,
and I love the mother
who died while I
rested in your womb.
Sandy tells me stories
of visiting Grandma
and eating pickles.
And I remember
every spring,
every Mother’s Day,
you would diligently
plant flowers
around the
Bakutis name.
I have learned
to love her
without ever seeing
her face.

Joseph tells me
that I seem like
my mother
and I only pray to God
that he’s right.
For then my existence
would keep the love
and the caring alive
in a kind of living
that no strike of a match
that no burning building
that no mere mortal
could destroy.


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This piece is also in the book
Hope Chest in the Attic.

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