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
Might never be this time again
with the right woman next
revised on 3/24/14 from 3/22
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.