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Passed Away 2010

Janet Kuypers
(poetry converted to prose)

    you didn’t pass away. passing away is gradual, for those who see a light at the end of the tunnel... for those who know their time has come.
    but when you were living, and vibrant, you didn’t pass away. the grim reaper himself had to get his hands dirty, and he took his pointed fingers and drove them straight through your flesh. attacked your heart. he punctured you and left, taking your life with him.
    you didn’t pass away. you were robbed of life. he took it from you.
    no, wait, he took you from us.
    no, you didn’t pass away. it was a violent theft. and the world was robbed.

Chicago poet Janet Kuypers
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