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1494: 4th of July | Keetje Kuipers

"4th of July"
Keetje Kuipers

If I have any romantic notions left,
please let me abandon them here
on the dashboard of your Subaru
beside this container of gas station
potato salad and bottle of sunscreen.
Otherwise, my heart is a sugar packet
waiting to be shaken open by some
other man’s hand. Let there be another town
after this one, a town with an improbable Western
name—Wisdom, Last Chance—where we can get
a room and a six-pack, where the fireworks
end early, say nine o’clock, before it’s really
gotten dark enough to see them because
everyone has to work in the morning.
I’m not asking for love anymore.
I don’t care if I never see a sailboat again.

On this day in...
2011: "In the Elementary School Choir" by Gregory Djanikian
2010: “The True-Blue American” by Delmore Schwartz
2009: “I loved you…” by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
2008: "A Vow" by Allen Ginsberg

because I walk barefoot in my house
Tags: keetje kuipers, shirley geok-lin lim
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