Ferguson #1

Ferguson #1



It’s not black and white

it’s not that simple

It’s not black and blue or white and blue

It’s blue versus us

us being any civilians


It don’t have to be that way

Nothing ever has to be

but once things are

it takes a mountain and a volcano

and a flood and the earth cracking

to change “the way things are”


Dred Scott is buried near there

It took a war to change

“how things are” with whites and “other peoples”

We shouldn’t need a war this time

but maybe that’s the only way

we know how to do things


The Czar should of listened

when his people petitioned peaceful like

before nineteen oh five became twelve years later

but this is the same damn place

that has to see the same damn dumb things happen

and try to wonder “what those folks want”


In the year 2000

when I was younger and dumber

I was out on the Philly streets not being blue

wondering  if I could avoid  getting my head cracked

just for being there

and not being blue


It’s me and you and you and you

versus the blues

not that it has to be

just that it too often is

be nice if we could talk about it

once there comes a time

that they want to sit down and talk

 First Poem on Ferguson











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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