Banhof Altona gettting off the bus/There is only one first time

Banhof Altona getting off the bus


There is only one first time

in life

first day in school

first love

first heartbreak

first drink

first last drink


There is only one first time in life

seeing the mass humanity leaving buses trains

dropped off from cars and cycles

walking there walking there


There is only one first time in life

first poem

first poem torn up

first time you realize who you are

first time you are comfortable with who you are

if ever

first time you stop and breathe and

say yes! today!

this air will never come again


First time in Banhof Altona

Buskers singing in German

walkers smoking in German

streeters asking/demanding in German

violins heard in German

sounds! sounds! sounds!


There is only one first time

when you let yourself accept yourself

when you fall in love with the day

with the wife the husband

the other who you have let become significant

the day you embrace alone


getting off the bus

walking to the bar we would later return to

for burnt pig breakfast

the all everything store we would soon return to

all the vendors all the smokers

all the street life

no different






There is only one first time in life

I will revise this Poem tomorrow


Bob Small


then I revised it on 5/18/14





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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