local_library The Martyr And The Saint

by Janet Kuypers

Published in Issue No. 3 ~ April, 1996

they gave their daughter the name
of the Patron Saint of television

and the television’s always been
one thing she hated about him

or was it the drinking that he needed
more than her

the business has gone bad
I’m a failure I’m not a man

he said he respected her
then he’d call her

a twenty dollar whore from Vegas

and the mother would hold
the child, the saint, the pure angel

hold her ears and hope she
couldn’t hear

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Janet Kuypers is employed as an Art/Production Editor for a publishing company in Chicago. She was educated at the University of Illinois, where she received her baccalaureate in News/Ed. Journalism, with a minor in Photography. She has published over 600 pieces of her writing and over 150 pieces of artwork. Janet Kuypers is the editor/publisher of the literary/art magazine children, churches and daddies. She has had two books published, a hope chest in the attic (and the window), and is a graphic designer by day. At night, she sings with a band.