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video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ “Lengthy World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Freedom just past the Fence”, “My Kind of Town”, “Been a World Leader”, “Enough’s Enough”, “The Little Differences” and an edited “Communication 2012” (Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
video See YouTube video 3/21/17 for World Poetry Day of Janet Kuypers’ “Lengthy World Poems on World Poetry Day” at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “Freedom just past the Fence”, “My Kind of Town”, “Been a World Leader”, “Enough’s Enough”, “The Little Differences” and an edited “Communication 2012” (Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).

My Kind of Town

Janet Kuypers
for the 10/3/12 show with the HA!man of South Africa
6/17/12

(but you know,
us Americans may seem loud,
we may try to impose our will,
but in this global economy
we really are all connected...)

After walking through
the Forbidden City
in Beijing, China
      (where all the palace doorways
      had gold-covered risers
      blocking people’s way into rooms
      4 inches to a foot tall,
      because the higher
      your level of authority
      or royalty status
      in the kingdom,
      the higher the bar
      people had to step over —
      not on,, but over —
      to get inside
      the royalty’s room)...
But after the Forbidden City
I entered the Summer Palace
An old Chinese man
walked up to me
with what I believe was his grand-daughter
walking one foot behind
      though who knows,
      in China
      this one young girl
      could be one
      of his concubines,
      but it’s really
      not for me to judge).

But this older Chinese gentleman
walked up and asked,
in the best English he could muster,
where I was from.
So I told him the United States,
and then I said Chicago.
That’s when this man’s eyes lit up,
and he said,
“My kind of town!”
And I laughed,
nodding my head in agreement
until he leaned in toward me and said,
“Frank Sinatra sang that.”
And I laughed again,
“Yes, he did,” I said,
because even though
this world is so vast,
we will always find ways
to connect with one another.


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