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
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.