In memory and mourning



He always seemed like more of a boarder
a transient just visiting, just visiting
we had taken him in through a neighbour
who found him semi-feral semi-feral

He seemed in fear of our two white cats
fierce females who never leave home
fierce females who never leave home
but began to follow Tyre, our hunter

Began to follow Tyre, our hunter
who I would follow too, if I were cat
who I would follow too, if I were cat
and co-existed with our dogs, as one does

He began to live in the basement
afraid of the outside, nervous at the inside
afraid of the outside, nervous at the inside
and this was how he spent days, and nights

The Monday before Thanksgiving it will always be
We heard a basement sound and I ran down
We heard a basement sound and I ran down
He had leaped from a too high space and…

Now he exists only as a memory
The only family member I never photoed, never photoed
We miss him but think we always knew
he was only here to visit, only here to…

First Draft


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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