Can’t we all get along, no , i don’t think so

Can’t we all just get along.

No, I don’t think so


It’s a thousand times before and

will be a thousand times again

we can meet and hold hands 

and shout slogans and scream peace

and whatever else we think to do, think to do


we can hold the candles till they 

burn our hands, remember those burnt 

on stakes for not being “pure”

we can meet by the river and

remember unburnt witches, unburnt witches


we can talk till we’ve used up all of our words

to try and change, try and change

we can look inside our hearts and declare ourselves clean

declare ourselves clean

and believe it


Tell me when the change comes

when the heart takes over from the head

and the songs from the talk show ravings

and I can look at any you and just see you

not colour, not belief, not any other “other”


Tell me when I can embrace any others as my brother

other as my brother, any colour, any religion, any any-

without any but, without any except, without any any-

when hope wins over fear, when today wins over yester,

when love wins over hate, when change finally arrives





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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