Glass ball from a World’s Fair

Dedicated to Gil Stott

1914- May 4, 2005

Glass ball from a World’s fair

Walking through the sun in the park
Golden glass ball stunning the silence
The last world’s fair that I know of
then again
my knowledge is not big vast and impervious
like that big golden ball
my knowledge is not big vast and impervious
my wife knowing one of her many unpaid jobs
is giving me reminders of that

Wife and i walk through there
like we might of liked
to walk through San Francisco’s Treasure Island
like we might of liked
to walk through 1939
like we might of liked
some other time to call home

Gil Stott says he worked for
The League of Nations after Princeton
hoped to be there a while
doesn’t remember LofN planning Treasure Island
San Francisco International Exposition of
one nine three nine
as a celebration of many cultures

does remember being nervous
planning the LofN Eleanor Roosevelt reception
doesn’t remember Eleanor Powell Musicals
The music that he belongs to has always been
Wagner and Vivaldi with a dash of
Britten and Crumb, Britten and Crumb
Gil listens to the new
At 92, he knows he has not yet
heard everything he wishes to hear

I, my wife , walked we in the sun 70 degrees it was
Big gold ball remanant of World’s Fair
looked at her powerful gold hair then
decided I still loved her and the sound of her hair
despite her excellent memory sometimes.

Driving Gil through Delaware County, Pa.
does he see The League of Nations
in our rear view mirror
while I see Treasure Island, Eleanor Powell,
and my father’s Big Band.

In our Philadelphia
we still have the Exposition Hall
from 1926
another piece of time
we just never got around to visiting.

Bob Small Revised-3-6-04 1-6-04-For Gil Stott


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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