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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


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 5th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC)
How sad, how very sad.
Jul. 5th, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
This is my first 4th of July alone..so this poem really touched me.
Jul. 5th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
thank you for this! definitely need to read more of her. this is the second poem of hers i've read from here and taken to with great immediacy <3
Jul. 5th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful, thanks.
Jul. 5th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Jul. 6th, 2012 04:02 am (UTC)
i can't figure out what it is that i like about this poem so very much.
Jul. 6th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I love this poem so much. It's both very American (all of her poetry is, though, in my opinion) and very honest. You've introduced me to a new poet to adore, so thank you for that. :)
Jul. 7th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
This broke my heart a little bit. :c
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