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Keep Them Apart 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    they say headlights run in parallel lines, the never touch. but you know, when humans try to recreate science, they never get it right. and i don’t care how many miles it takes — i don’t care how long it takes — but eventually they will touch. they will cross. they will intermingle for one brief moment.
    you think they’re meant to stay apart; you think you’ve done everything humanly possible to keep them apart. but they’ll come together trust me.
    it doesn’t matter where that car is traveling to: Colorado, through Utah to California, to Las Vegas, even through Texas, past New Orleans... it doesn’t matter if we have to kick people out of your home; it doesn’t matter if we have to act like nothing’s going on. because at some point, no matter how far away no matter how remote, we’ll get together.
    even if it’s only to cross each other, then go or separate ways.

Chicago poet Janet Kuypers
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