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Loving Four 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    1: you called to me, so I followed... found a place for us where you could walk over and just... collapse, right next to me, as I ran my fingers up and down your body.
    you feel like cashmere and as you look up at me, all I see are your big blue storytelling eyes.
    I touch you, until you are suddently scared and have to walk away.
    2: only when I stop for lunch do you come to me. bold, tempestuous, my self-actualized love. you just walk right up to me collapse on me like you expect me to serve you.
    so I grab you by the neck pull your head back. I see your eyes start to close.
    it’s like you’ve trained me well.
    I pull you closer to me until our eyes are inches apart... and I kiss your head.
    3: you want me only when I have something to offer... and when I’ve got the goods, your lithe body almost squeals with delight.
    and you know, it is only at these moments when I can touch you, feel your softness for myself.
    this is what I cherish.
    4: so at nights... that’s when we’ve got our chance. you usually want to test me, but at night, that’s when you come to me, curl up against my body, let me envelope you with my arm.
    that’s when I’m able to sleep.

Chicago poet Janet Kuypers
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