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of Janet Kuypers reading her poem of independence or freedom live 6/10/15 at the open mic the Café Gallery in Chicago (Canon Power Shot)
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 7/1/17 poetry show “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” in Austin (Lumix), with her poems “fader, his mädchen and the Führer”, “of independence or freedom”, “Xerostomia”, and “Utopia never happened” (with background music from Janet’s electric bass and bow, then the HA!Man of South Africa).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 7/1/17 poetry show “Our Cultural Independence and Achieving Global Freedom” in Austin (Sony), with her poems “fader, his mädchen and the Führer”, “of independence or freedom”, “Xerostomia”, and “Utopia never happened” (with background music from Janet’s electric bass and bow, then the HA!Man of South Africa).
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of independence
                or freedom

Janet Kuypers
5/31/15

So it seems you cram us in here
like we’re sardines.
How many of us have you crammed in here
before you send us on our way?

Strap us in, make sure
we don’t get any strange ideas
of independence or freedom
(‘cause really, you wouldn’t want us

to think for ourselves)...

Strap us in, compartmentalize us —
but the thing is, you thought
I was just like everyone else,
that I’d just sit back and take it.

These sardines around me
seem totally complacent —
what have you told them
to make the so subservient?

Well, maybe you didn’t get it before
but I’ll take a sledgehammer to your plans.
I’ll shatter that glass ceiling
and that two-way mirror

you watch us through.

I don’t care where you think
you’re taking us,
and I no longer care
if you’re sending us away.

I didn’t sign up for this ride,
and being crammed in here
is making me nauseous.
Don’t make me throw up

before I start my revolt,
because whether or not
you think we’re sardines, and want
cram us away like we’re nothing,

just remember:

I’m bigger than my ego lets on
and I’ll take whatever makeshift
weapon I can find, to break free
of how you think we should be.


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