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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 11/5/16 show “New Beginning, Firsts and the Future” at Expressions 2016! New Beginnings: the Future of Poetry in Austin reading her poems “a New Life”, “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, and her song “In Love I Abide” to live guitar and keyboard (this video filmed from a Sony camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 11/5/16 show “New Beginning, Firsts and the Future” at Expressions 2016! New Beginnings: the Future of Poetry in Austin reading her poems “a New Life”, “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, and her song “In Love I Abide” to live guitar and keyboard (filmed from a Canon Power Shot camera).
New Beginning, Firsts and the Future chapbook View or download the free PDF chapbook
New Beginning, Firsts and the Future
with “a New Life” “Under the Sea”, “Saving Fingers and Scooping Ice Cream”, “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “My First Time”, “Falling From the Sky”, “Questioning Creativity through the Cosmos”, & “In Love I Abide”.
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See YouTube (L) video of Janet Kuypers 9/9/17 reading her poems “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “Only Choice is to Build” and “erasure poem: A Declaration of Female Freedom” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” @ “Poetry Aloud”.
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See YouTube (S) video of Janet Kuypers 9/9/17 reading her poems “New Beginnings: getting married to my knight in shining armor”, “Only Choice is to Build” and “erasure poem: A Declaration of Female Freedom” from her book “(pheromemes) 2015-2017 show poems” @ “Poetry Aloud”.

New Beginnings:
getting married to my
knight in shining armor

Janet Kuypers
10/26/16
(starting with adaptations
from prose “King of the Universe

Once I got on my own,
I was queen of the Universe.
I had a good job, and
I had meaning and order
and direction in my life.
I used my brain,
and I was invincible.
I produced RESULTS.

I needed no one.
I thought I had it all
in the palm of my hand.

#

And once when I was driving
to visit my parents,
someone was texting and driving...
I saved a motorcyclist’s
life by turning my wheels —
but I couldn’t save myself
from two cars nearly killing me.

A machine breathed
for me
for days.

So much for being
queen of the Universe.

All my life
I took care of myself —
I still had the brains,
I still had the power,
but that doesn’t matter
when the tech market drops
and you can’t get
or keep a job.

#

And I suppose this is when
you insert the story book ending,
where a knight in shining armor
sweeps me off my feet.

But it truly only was
when I was at the bottom
that I met someone
who could bring me along
on a trip to the top

together.

Suddenly this idea of marriage
didn’t seem so scary.
This is someone who is like me —
and more importantly, is different from me.
Because nobody knows
what they’re doing
when they take
their first steps
together in this life...
But if you can learn to tolerate poetry,
I can learn to tolerate rifle ranges
and target practice.
You’re my race car driver,
you’re my motorcycle man,
like the motorcyclist I saved
the day I almost died.
Maybe you’re also my reward...
So although I don’t know
what will happen the day
after the day of my wedding to you,
I can’t help but feel
that the road before us
must be clearing up,
and if we tackle this ocean of life together
it will be smooth sailing
all the way.


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