Climbing Mt Royal and other Montreal Poems from May 22nd, 2011



Climbing Mt Royal #1

First breath went
where it went …do not…know
breath left, breath left
like a dog who is an aquaintance
then isn’t

Then legs left
somewhere between pain slash tired
I’m sixty two damn years old
so what the blank am I doing?
and why?

Then – half-close-my eyes
just walked up
like not any of thing
of import
just – usual- day

Wife walks ahead
unfair advantage
no years of smoking other abuses/vices/libertining
up the steps of Mount Royal
up the steps to the sky

keep walking
knowing there is an end, a finite
legs breath arms all
in fire not desire
time does not end-




Climbing Mount Royal #2

This felt like
image of a marathon
like Greg runs
a rational person would do

This felt like
the final silence
when running is wanted
but not available when breathing is wanted-

This felt like
the sound of distant music
fading out/in out/in out

This felt like
voices of past ghostly heard

voices from someone’s borrowed past



Climbing Mt Royal # 3


Fuck one two three
all the way
up the goddamn stairs

using my imaginary cane
to generate anger
to generate up

By the time of the top
I did not find a down to look
I did not care

The empty hallway at the top of Mount Royal


This bespoke of past opportunities
concerts, plays, symposiums, poetry prose readings
classes art depreciation seminars
english as a foreign language classes

empty hall now
was this the best the Mount could do

the ghosts of activists and artists
crowded me then
yelling what had been their organizing
what had been their results


the times had been just as frantic
with each moment counting as their eternity
why did I not know this
thinking only my time fatal







Kahwa Cafe #1


Kahwa Cafe
top tip Mount Royal
young girls with legs too thin to think about
Paula excidedly tells me

about history inside
I leave to look
Frederick Olmstead
Frederick Law Olmstead

New York Times
Central Park Design
Mount Royal Design
ends life mentally gone
but what a life!

would we wish to have this life
knowing what the end is?
would we make a devil’s deal
if so offered?

she drags me out to coffee/cakes
the young girls no longer-
the pastry has no meaning-
Kahwa Cafe is just a venue-

Though there is down to look
a panorama a vista
I only think of Frederick
know only him could be him

Then think of me
words that never reach music
but continue minor league politics
Paula constant with me

Kahwa Coffee soars down my throat
want to be nowhere but the am I am at
the who I am the who I’m with
the time I still so surely live in

6-20 Solstice 97 degrees revised 6-23  2012


About bobsmall1

Bob Small has read at Bacchanal, Barnes and Noble, Borders, The Booksource (Swarthmore), The Clark Park Festivals,Community College of Philadelphia Highwire Gallery, The Mad Poets Annual Food Fest Reading, The Middle East Restaurant, Nexus GalleryThe Painted Bride Arts Center, The Philadelphia Ethical Society, Robin's Bookstore The University of Pennsylvania and also in New York City, Trenton, NJ, Washington, DC, and in many Delaware Valley Venues. He is the author of numerous chapbooks, including El Otro Lado (with Maralyn Lois Polak), On watching America Die, Small Steps and Toes (with Lamont B. Steptoe), and The Unapoet. This is his first Reading in over a year. Bob Small was Founder and President of the two decades old Poets and Prophets, which presented Poetry Readings in both Delaware County and Philadelphia. Bob was the Chair of The Delaware County Green Party and was the First Green Party Candidate in Delaware County (2005). He was also a Green Party National Delegate, among other duties. He is the Founder and Facilitator of The Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition (PaBac), which is a Coalition of both Independents and Third Parties., seeking to legislatively improve Pennsylvania's Ballot Access Laws. (Facebook) Bob is also a founding member and Facilitator of Democracy Unplugged, and Delco Debates, which has presented Independent and Third Party Forums in Delaware County since 2004. Facebook) He was formerly involved with Cinema Resistance, and Delco Pledge of Resistance. Bob currently lives in Swarthmore with his wife and their menagerie of animals. He is currently focused on writing a Novel and organizing his Poetry, which he posts on his Blog (Bob Small1). He is retired from most of the above activities, except Delco Debates and Poets and Prophets, which he may return to.
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