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poem Made Any Difference, a poem about sharing a smoke to talk to a stroke victim, By Chicago Poet Janet Kuypers

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Made Any Difference

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Janet Kuypers
04/26/11

So I’m at my bar
I just overheard

that another guy
in the past few months

and this is grapevine
but I needed to see him

he went out for a smoke
I walked outside

I reached my hand out
he offered me a new one

then holding his smoke
I spoke of his wife

and I don’t want to
but we care for him

he said I was right
then he saw his smoke

handed me the smoke

I stood there a while
wondering if I


my favorite hang-out
from people talking

who’s always here
has had a few strokes

I just heard snippets
put in my two cents

and even though I don’t
after he lit up

toward his smoke
but... I wanted his

I told him I heard
asked about his kids

get on a high horse
we want him happy

he’ll take some time off
said that he should quit

and then walked away

sucking nicotine
made any difference

Listen mp3 file (3:04) to the first recording of this poem sung with John Yotko (with John playing guitar, in preparation for the CD single release of this writing)
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Watch the YouTube video
of Kuypers singing this poem 06/28/11 on WZRD radio (C. Schandelmeier & John Yotko singing back-up)
mp3 file(2:22, live 06/26/11 at WZRD Radio (from the main camera)
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video 06/26/11 of the majority of the WZRD radio show with her reading poetry (including this poem) from the main camera
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of this in a live performance in Chicago of the “a Very Goth Beach Party” feature 07/03/11 at “Beach Poets”
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of the eye cam recording of this in the “a Very Goth Beach Party” feature, live 07/03/11 at “Beach Poets”
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video of many poems read 07/03/11
at Beach Poets from the live feature
“a Very Goth Beach Party”
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video of the eye-cam of the entire show at Beach Poets 07/03/11 from the “a Very Goth Beach Party” feature
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