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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 5/7/16 show “Love in the Universe” in her first scheduled feature at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful in Austin (Cps), first singing (with John singing and on guitar) the Depeche Mode song The Bottom Line (with altered chorus lyrics for heir wedding), then with her poems Pluto, Plutonium & Death (a bonus Periodic Table poem), her haiku universe, observer’s love poem (2016 edit), everything is my home, Wanted To Play, and electricity.
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 5/7/16 show “Love in the Universe” in her first scheduled feature at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful in Austin (Sony), first singing (with John singing and on guitar) the Depeche Mode song The Bottom Line (with altered chorus lyrics for heir wedding), then with her poems Pluto, Plutonium & Death (a bonus Periodic Table poem), her haiku universe, observer’s love poem (2016 edit), everything is my home, Wanted To Play, and electricity.
the “Love in the Universe” 5/7/16 chapbook
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Love in the Universe
5/7/16 at Expressions 2016: Reasons to be Cheerful show in Austin
video video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers saying her twitter-length poem “Juxtaposition, or Irony?” in conversation, then reading her poems “Pluto, Plutonium & Death”, “Your Minions are Dying” and “Salesman” 10/23/16 at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (Canon Power Shot camera).
video not yet rated See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers saying her twitter-length poem “Juxtaposition, or Irony?” in conversation, then reading her poems “Pluto, Plutonium & Death”, “Your Minions are Dying” and “Salesman” 10/23/16 at the Austin open mic Kick Butt Poetry (from a Sony camera).

Pluto, Plutonium & Death

Janet Kuypers
Periodic Table of Poetry bonus poem, written 4/10/16 (#94, Pu)

“My kingdom is the underworld,”
you could imagine the King Pluto
from ancient Greek mythology say,

and an eleven year old English girl
thought this was the perfect name
for a planet surrounded by darkness.

And for decades the rogue, this
rebellious quote unquote planet
had a different orbit from its brethren,

crossed paths with brother Neptune,
was otherwise one that didn’t quite
fit in. Maybe that’s why the big boy

club of astronomers kicked Pluto out,
said you’re not good enough
to be one of us. But shrouded in death

seems to be the theme for Pluto. ..
Man-made element ninety four
is not naturally occurring, but only existing

after smashing heavy water (deuterium)
into Uranium. And for those of you
with any nuclear know-how, you know

that whatever Uranium smashing makes
has to be crazy dangerous.        And it is.
Since Plutonium has been on the scene

since 1940, the only thing we’ve known
it for is for the nuclear bomb,
the fat boy that blew up Nagasaki.

Great legacy, Plutonium,
you first carried the torch
of death and destruction

before Pluto itself was demoted
from planet status. When the fight
for Pluto first came to light,
even little children wrote letters

to protest, don’t kill this
dark mystery, they pleaded.
Because even little children

are fascinated with the
the concept, especially because
it seems so far away.

I look around me now,
I see the destruction
we bring upon ourselves:

Christians bombing abortion clinics.
Muslims shrouding women
and beheading non-believers.

Chicago gangs shooting some
in retribution for more shooting.
The violence doesn’t end.

But the darkness, the death,
that seems to be ruled
by the planet / non-planet

named from Greek mythology,
and the element whose only
function we humans know

is complete annihilation.
How fitting that Pluto and Plutonium
are forever locked in this deadly dance.


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