Secrets-A Poem for Edward Snowden on his Birthday

Note; This is meant to be read aloud


In support of Edward Snowden


The only secrets

truly saved

are those of the dead

the only secrets

the only secrets

 national security

is an oxymoron

if more than five people know

the world knows

if the Internet knows

the world knows

if I know the truth

                  the truth

                  the truth

then I will speak

             and write





2)  Edward Snowden

had to speak

 he could no longer

he could no longer




he could no longer

keep the screamings in his head

to himself



he could no longer-

3)  If I  know the truth

and others only lies

and others only lies

how can I be silent

how can I be

how can I

how can

I be silent and hope to find peace

4) Let the world know

so that secrets

are not kept

in hi lie rises

in bunkers under the ground

on distant islands

so that secrets

are not kept

are not

5)  It is time for tomorrow

to not be today

 or  yester

but truly new

and newly true

Bob Small 6-22-13 revised once


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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2 Responses to Secrets-A Poem for Edward Snowden on his Birthday

  1. Jay Sweeney says:

    Thanks Bob, Great job! I believe you must have left MEANINGLESS employment.

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