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Our Couple In Love 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    I watch the birds circle from my back door, thinking of my cat, wanting to hunt their caw... waiting to lunge after a shake at the tree tops. I think of the pigeons on the city sidewalks downtown that seem to want to test us as we walk by, hoping for a scrap of bread, your refuse for food. I think of the two Mallards that would come by our house. we’d watch the Mallards every year, know they mate for life, look for joined couples. In the beginning of the season I’d see one Mallard couple, and one make Mallard following and I’d think, “find your own girl”. But one Mallard couple always came by our house, enjoy the grasses, walk together alone. we’d watch two so in love, made for each other. And one day he came home to tell me a car on the main road hit our happy couple. and nothing felt right for some time. So I try to think of these creatures meant for flight, and I think of how they’re so misunderstood. but at least our couple in love died together.

Chicago poet Janet Kuypers
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