The 2008 Southern Trip on Copperhead Road and The Lighthouse

On Copperhead Road is one of those times when you just know this a wrong turn into forever.

The Lighthouse is something I saw and as Howard Rutter used to say

“It’s my story and I’m sticking to it”


On Copperhead Road

Dedicated to Dr. Who


Driving down Copperhead Road
in West Virginea
I felt like I was entering
a Carter Family song
one that ends badly

There wasn’t any reason
to feel that worried way
not the weather
or anyone else
just the act of driving down-

Sometimes I feel like
there are memories
I should have
from someplace
I’ve never seen before

I’m always afraid
that I do have these memories
and that I do know this place!
but that the memory is silence
and should remain so

Driving down Copperhead Road
I suddenly know
where the turn leads
and remember
to turn right

Bob Small 7-23 revised 7-24

The Lighthouse seen from the Highway

I’ve seen lighthouses from highways before
just not one
plucked in the middle of a field
they moved the ocean

I’ve seen lighthouses
even walked through some
Strange beasts
that lean towards the water
straining free from the land

This was not a trick of eyes
mind or heart
eyes mind or heart
this was where it was what it was
though better unseen

I could of stopped
taken a photo
but photos are proof and
you just don’t want proof

Bob Small
7-22-08 revised 7-23


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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