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video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/1/17 25 minute poetry reading at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “old school and high-tech monuments”, “extinct on planet earth”, “Other Souls”, “Open Book”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/1/17 25 minute poetry reading at Austin’s Half Price Books, with her poems “old school and high-tech monuments”, “extinct on planet earth”, “Other Souls”, “Open Book”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book(filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/4/17 show “Exalted Love” at “Greatest Love” in Austin reading her poems “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book” with music (from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
video video See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/4/17 show “Exalted Love” at “Greatest Love” in Austin reading her poems “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book” with music (filmed from a Canon Power Shot CS700 camera).
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with her 2017 poems “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “Years, Centuries, Eons”, “Zenith of the Night Sky”, and “just one book” performed in her 2/4/17 show.
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/5/17 20+ minute poetry reading at Austin’s Recycled Reads, with her poems “the Fourteenth”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “the Page”, “the Flashback”, “the Muse, the Messiah”, “Slate and Marrow”, and “just one book(this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX60 camera).
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See YouTube video of Janet Kuypers in her 2/5/17 20+ minute poetry reading at Austin’s Recycled Reads, with her poems “the Fourteenth”, “Mapping the Way to True Love”, “the Page”, “the Flashback”, “the Muse, the Messiah”, “Slate and Marrow”, and “just one book(this video was filmed from a Canon Power Shot SX700 camera).

Mapping the Way
    to True Love

Janet Kuypers
1/24/17

I’ve always taken charge
and led the way. But even on my own,
I accomplished more than anyone.
I was invincible.

I was doing so well,
I quit my job as an art director
in the second largest city in the States,
kept paying for my Chicago apartment

and traveled around the country by car...
Until I was stopped at a light,
and one car slammed into me,
and then another.

Then
      I fought for my life.

And this sounds very sad,
and I’m telling you, it was,
but this is a part
of my invincible life —

because doctors from other floors
in the hospital read my records
and called me “miracle girl”
because of my miraculous recovery.

But this was the first time
in my invincible life when I felt
alone, because the only thing missing
from my invincible life was true love.

You know the kind, ‘cuz
in this hectic modern world
it’s next to impossible
to find your philosophical equal.

So now, because I’m a journalist
forced to take the train
because my car was totaled,
I’d ask passengers questions.

Tell me something about yourself.

Because my life was almost
taken away, I wanted to learn
everything about life I could.
Let me at least vicariously live.

Tell me something about yourself.

And one man answered
in the cold of January,
while I kept myself covered
in a coat, hat, scarf, gloves.

he asked me what book
was I currently reading —
I said a philosopher’s name.
He said he knew their writing;

he had read their novels, then
he named their non-fiction books,
and he even said he read
the lexicon on their philosophy.

I stopped him. “You’re telling me
you read a dictionary.”
He said yes, and the information
comes quite in handy in his life.

And on our first date
we talked philosophy
more than half the night
when not asking each other

vague “tell me about yourself”
questions. And though we had
only known each other
for two weeks when

Valentine’s day came, he decided
to give me an expansive map
of the United States,
because I had just traveled it.

He carried the large tube
to his work on Valentine’s Day.
A coworker saw it, inquired.
When he said he was giving

his girl a map for Valentine’s day,
the coworker laughed —
“She’ll hate that. Women want
chocolates and flowers,” he said,

but when I got that map,
I asked if it was okay
if I kept it curled up
until we had a home for it.

When I look up in my office,
I see that map on the wall.
And when I walk out of my office
I see a wall displaying his guitars.

He likes that I wanted
to display his music. And he likes
that I’m a creative person
with an engineering side,

because he’s an engineering
person with a creative side.
But that shouldn’t surprise him,
and it shouldn’t surprise him

that we were engaged
four times longer than we dated.
Yes, our dating was accelerated.
Because not many people

talk philosophy on their first date,
and not many people realize,
even before they start dating,
that they can’t be without the other.

Because now that we found
each other, we want to lock hands
and scour those maps,
because we want to see

every part of the world together.
Because when you get to this point,
celebrating alone isn’t celebrating,
and living alone isn’t living,

when you could be
with your one true love.


Copyright © Janet Kuypers.

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