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video video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers performing her observer’s improv (S, based on the poems seven and seven, plus eighteen, observations: nine and six, ten and ten, plus two, eleven and two, plus eight, and observer’s love poem) live 10/7/14 at Chicago’s the Café Gallery
video video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers performing her observer’s improv (C, based on the poems seven and seven, plus eighteen, observations: nine and six, ten and ten, plus two, eleven and two, plus eight, and observer’s love poem) live 10/7/14 at Chicago’s the Café Gallery
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 5/7/16 show “Love in the Universe” in her first scheduled feature at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful in Austin (Cps), first singing (with John singing and on guitar) the Depeche Mode song The Bottom Line (with altered chorus lyrics for heir wedding), then with her poems Pluto, Plutonium & Death (a bonus Periodic Table poem), her haiku universe, observer’s love poem (2016 edit), everything is my home, Wanted To Play, and electricity.
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 5/7/16 show “Love in the Universe” in her first scheduled feature at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful in Austin (Sony), first singing (with John singing and on guitar) the Depeche Mode song The Bottom Line (with altered chorus lyrics for heir wedding), then with her poems Pluto, Plutonium & Death (a bonus Periodic Table poem), her haiku universe, observer’s love poem (2016 edit), everything is my home, Wanted To Play, and electricity.
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5/7/16 at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful show in Austin
video See YouTube video of Janet KuypersNovember 2017 Book Release Reading 11/1/17, where she reads from her book “Part of my Pain” her poems “Good Escape”, “In These Times”, “Part of my Pain”, “Now That You Got Me”, “Ever Since you Got Me”, “Know You Only Got Me”, “Push Your Button”, “How People Interpret my Words”, and “Observer’s Love Poem” in “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” (Lumix 2500 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet KuypersNovember 2017 Book Release Reading 11/1/17, where she reads from her book “Part of my Pain” her poems “Good Escape”, “In These Times”, “Part of my Pain”, “Now That You Got Me”, “Ever Since you Got Me”, “Know You Only Got Me”, “Push Your Button”, “How People Interpret my Words”, and “Observer’s Love Poem” in “Community Poetry @ Half Price Books” (Sony camera).

observer’s love poem

Janet Kuypers
edited from 7 and 7, plus 18
07/19/10

maybe I’m not a writer
maybe I’m not an artist
maybe I’m an observer
like an astronomer
looking out past the solar system, past the Kuiper Belt
looking out into the universe
trying to understand what makes everything
everything

I travel around the world
learning different histories, different cultures

I fly in airplanes
I jump from airplanes
I pilot airplanes
trying to get closer to the stars

molecule by molecule,
we originate from stars
and I know we are all linked,
our bodies formed from stardust

but outer space
is a violent place
violent explosions create the stars
and our earth has earthquakes,
avalanches, volcanoes
tsunamis, typhoons

and in all this madness
somehow I’ve found you

with you I have walked on the tops of glaciers
with you I have watched solar storms
    from near the Arctic Circle
with you I have walked through the gates
    of Hitler’s first concentration camp
with you I have sailed from island to island
    retracing the Origin of Species

I bought a balalaika for my guitarist in Russia
I've even held your hand at the Great Wall of China

as I said before,
I’m only an observer
and with these observations,
I thee wed
because I will never let you go

I’ve seen galaxies collide
I’ve seen comets smash into planets
I’ve seen supernovae and the death of stars
and in all of that, I still found you

as I said, I’m only an observer
but I’ve found what I’ve been looking for

I’ll tighten my grip on your hand
because I don’t ever want to let you go


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