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Update 2011
on the Man who Loved me

Janet Kuypers
06/28/11

It’s approaching
the anniversary
since you died

but the anniversary
of the date we started dating
is closer

and though we dated
I never got too close
because I knew you’d pass away
at an early age

though I didn’t know
it would be that early

I never got too close
you told me you loved me
and I think I hurt you
when I said I couldn’t reciprocate

I think I felt the way you did
but I couldn’t take the final leap

But I remember how you said
you loved me
then you would break up with me

it wouldn’t break my heart, of course
it’d piss me off
when I knew I was better than you
and you had the audacity
to break up with me

but it’s approaching that anniversary now
and all I wonder now
is how many chemicals they used in you
to preserve you,
before they buried you
and I wonder how well your flesh has held up
after you started to decompose

I’m sorry,
I don’t want to think of you as decomposing
but I don’t want to think of you as dead

so
do I need an update
or do I need these reminders
as it approaches our anniversary


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