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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers reading (C) her poem Everyone Has a Choice read from the book Partial Nudity live 7/2/14 at Chicago’s open mic the Café Gallery
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video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ set of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Every Street Corner”, “Our Lady of Mercy”, “shoe prints on the toilet seat”, “unclean left hands”, “Get His Product to Town”, “Ever Consumed Goat”, “Moros y Christianos”, “middle eastern man in front of me”, “Obama on the Subway”, “Poverty in America”, “Flying to China”, “Building Houses out of Pallets” and “Everyone Has a Choice” (CpsSX60).
video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ set of “Short World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Every Street Corner”, “Our Lady of Mercy”, “shoe prints on the toilet seat”, “unclean left hands”, “Get His Product to Town”, “Ever Consumed Goat”, “Moros y Christianos”, “middle eastern man in front of me”, “Obama on the Subway”, “Poverty in America”, “Flying to China”, “Building Houses out of Pallets” and “Everyone Has a Choice” (CpsSX700).

Everyone Has a Choice

Janet Kuypers
5/12/12

“I’m visiting
the third poorest nation,
I think,
but everyone
is just so happy
around here.
And this blew my mind,
so I had to ask a local
why everyone seems
so happy,
and they told me
that ‘here,
everyone has a choice.
You can either
choose to be happy,
or choose to be sad.
And we choose
to be happy.’
And you know,
I think they’re happy
because
they carry nine
hundred pounds of
I don’t give a shit...
Because here,
you might not
be able to choose
to wealth your way
out of this rut,
you can at least
choose to be happy.”


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