The Dream Poem and…

He Looked Around

He looked around
as if in a dream
knowing insignificance
and feeling it.
The water still runs
and the sky is still blue but
all of the people in all of the cars in all of the cities
are in his dream,
driving,
waiting in line,
dreaming, looking out, walking, running, being.

He throws these words on this page.
These words are dreaming words
on a dreaming page.

On the street in the rain.
The water falls and rushes noisily.

The poet floats like a forgotten leaf
toward the drain.

Eyes by Janet Kuypers | Read by Michael Lee Johnson

eyes poem by Janet Kuypers

eyes

Janet Kuypers
started 4/4/15, finished 4/6/15

Growing up,
boys didn’t like me,
kids made fun of me.

I was raised to think
that I was a plain girl,
easily overlooked.

I’d look at my eyes,
the same eyes my dad
thought made me

always look sad,
and wanted to think
that the song

“Brown Eyed Girl”
could have been
about me.

How silly of me.

I should know better.

And maybe that is why

I’ve always loved
blue eyes.
Eyes not like mine.

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The eye is a fascinating thing,
it’s beautiful to study,
especially yours…

If I were a biologist,
I’d take high-res photos
of that eye of yours,

maybe magnify it as large
as I could, so I could study it
like a slide under a microscope.

I would search for meaning
in those mesmerizing patches
and shades of that unique blue.

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They say science
can explain all,
so maybe it can explain

why I’m so in love
with your eyes, or why
I’m so in love with you.

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Eyes are our windows
to the outside world, but
they’re also portals inward,

giving us mere mortals
fleeting glimpses
to who you are inside.

I think our colored irises
floating on an ocean of white,
punctuated with a pupil

were designed that way
so we could follow
each other’s gazes closely.

I’m watching you.

You probably see that.

I hope you’ll watch me too.

Because scientists
have studied the crypts,
pigment dots and furrows

of the eye, and scientists
are now figuring out
that the eye really is

the window to the soul.

So, maybe I was
on the right track

by loving your eyes,
and never wanting
to lose sight of them again.

Janet Kuypers’ 3/21/14 Chi Fi poetry show “Imzadi”

See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera), of poems relating to Star Trek


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera), of poems relating to Star Trek


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem Star Trek, Star Wars and Storm Troopers in her 3/20/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem Star Trek, Star Wars and Storm Troopers in her 3/20/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her bonus Periodic Table Star Trek poem Nitrium in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her bonus Periodic Table Star Trek poem Nitrium in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem kinds of interference in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem kinds of interference in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem Uncuffed in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem Uncuffed in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem Full Stop in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon fs200 video camera)


See YouTube video of the Janet Kuypers reading her Star Trek poem Full Stop in her 3/21/15 show “Imzadi” at the “Chi Fi 2015” convention in Chicago (filmed with a Canon Power Shot video camera)

Invincible Invisible Roots by Dandelion De La Rue

Invincible Invisible Roots

Invincible Invisible Roots

Childhood roots are gone
dug up and burned,
fuel for factory farms
killed by herbicides and
pesticides, chemicals and
GMOs
Lysol sanitized
after death.
I listen to the music of their kin
and hear the beauty
that was thrown away
in frenzied sightless
rush for progress
drab and ugly progress.

But roots are tougher
than I knew
and with me yet
wherever my wandering feet
may find themselves.
We’ll never see
our birthplace and
tears and anger
won’t change that.

Today my roots are here and there
in every place that I have been,
invisible tendrils waving from
my heels
leaving bits in other soil
I take them with me
everywhere.