Revision of new Poems from the South


New Poems from the South-Sunday 

I decided to revise both Poems but
only the first one demanded it.


The Italian Old restaurant

The Italian Old Restaurant

located on a bump up the road

near a mall

but not of it

the best est we could do

Even a Meatatarian could not love this

meat should not

inspire wonder

was the owner a member

of the Veg patrol

It was raining and dawning-

actually twilighting

we needed to food

we needed-

a place that didn’t belong to everywhere

The TV’s weren’t turned all the way up

I heard the wine was good


were there

and most of the rest

of the restauain’t ain’t even a memory

By the time we left it was

darkling, but we knew where the

highway was and luckily it was

just where

we had left it

Bob Small 7-27-09 revised 8-15-09

revised 12-15-2013

Untitled Restaurant, a Poem

The thing was

It’s nothing worse than ever

and no more worse than nice

this is where

some poor souls and soldiers

go everyday

It’s not the

worstest place

spose it ‘pends

why you go there

ssuming it’s not the food

please let it not be the food

I heard some people

reviewing the local soup kitchens

compare contrast

compare contrast

Two men spoke in low


with words darting

in and out

either the woman he left or-

I ordered a second coffee

so I could hear conversations

that would never directly affect me

Finally, she was getting itchy

wives do that

yours others future and ex future and ex

I heard one more tale

looked at one more body

etched inside me one more face

It was time and time again

It was May and twenty nine

and there was a year, too

It was the time after someone’s church

time and here is where they

were and maybe nothing else planned

I could see myself sitting there

maybe a Northern there

but still be there

I could see me sitting there

too early to drink

based on my money

I could see me sitting there

wondering which women

had which weaknesses

I could see me there

pontificating and prophetting

waiting for disciples

I could see me sitting there

wondering out front

to cigarette

to cigarette and chime

does the woman come out

do I not care if she does-

When this me did walk

out with this her

it was not to return

not to reburn

not to plan the bar night

not to leave the overnight to later

I turned the engine on

it felt good to leave

though sad

7-27-09 from 5-29-08 then 8-15-09


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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