Banhof Altona -end of the line

Banhof-Altona end of the line


It might of been the 4, 5, or 6

we were barely German speaking visitors

on our way for the first time

                  for the first time

on a Hamburg bus alone Hamburg bus alone


In some ways

In some ways

we could of been in New York, Philly, or Terry Haute

everyone in their self-contained cubicle

reading books or tablets or staring at neighbours

reading books or papers or staring at neighbours


We were barely un noticed

till someone heard us English

till someone heard us english

we knew we were on the right bus

but were grateful anyhow


but were full of thank yous anyhow

and eventually before we got to the end

before we got to the end

I sat and looked out with energy

as though I might never see this street again



Might never see this street again

these faces rushing to and fro, fro and to

on bikes as peds skateborders and

skateborders and

Might never be this time again

with the right woman next


Bob Small

revised on 3/24/14  from 3/22


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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