Nighttime comes to America #1 and 2

Note;  I wanted to look at this with fresh eyes,

I fear both the terrorists and those who

“protect” us from terrorists.


Nighttime descends on America #1


What if it happened here
came from the lips of the
a poca lip tics
thosewholiveinapermanentstate of fear
those we mock
or did

Now it has
happened here
for a, maybe,
first time a
No words for the wounded
What can be said
that should be heard
We can speak to and for the dead
can not reply

The next time
and there will be
a next time and a
next time and a
next next time
Will we know a why for the next time

Maybe this is the start
of the new
night time
of one old safe world ending
and a new world coming
and do we really
want to meet

Bob Small
2nd version 4-22-13 reviewed 6-2-2013


Nighttime Descends on America #2


What if it happened here

a whole city on lockdown

what if-we could not have

fascism here- not in a Democracy

or do we now spell it Demonracy


Land of the brave

home of the sheeple

is it time yet to ask questions

or did that time




Who guards us from the Guardians

Who’ll stop the Cops  

Wait-hearing my words, these are fear-words

is it that time already


There are times when questions need to happen

There are times when words must be shouted

and poems screamed and extreme non-violence taken-

before these times

are taken from us


Bob Small


in response to the first Poem


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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