Falling off the Cliff

Falling off the Cliff

a poem meant to be spoken

In the style of the late Jerome Robinson
4-25-51 to 2/5/03)

Let’s not be talking ‘bout the fiscal cliff
How about the fracking cliff
the global warming cliff
the bears running out of ice and
hurricanes where they never were before cliff
the ain’t hardly no more union jobs cliff
the endless endless war cliff
the lets have the US make enemies
in nations that ain’t even heard of us cliff

Don’t be worryin’ ‘bout Wall Street
Wall Street is Hell Street
and it’s getting too damn hot for
 Der Teufel himself
Don’t be planning fundraisers for the Pentagon
the octagon, the octopus has
 tentacles all around
and if they run out of nowhere to go high school grads
they might look younger
hell they might even find a way
 find a way
to use all them prisoners we keep accumulating
why pay for them when they
can do a dying job for us,
 a killing job for us

What about the Media cliff
when was the last time you heard
truth from them
when was the first 
when did Cable news become
 another word for fiction, for opinion
when did our newspapers
stop reporting the news
maybe news stopped happening
maybe we all have equal rights
and none are left behind
its all repeat and repeat and
 groundhog day again again and again
As Yogi Berra said
“its déjà vu all over again”.

When did Poetry fall off the cliff
and why didn’t anyone tell us
when did art and money become interchanged
meaning no change at all
can anyone still Rage Against the Machine
can they
does it matter
When can we go to our local Moneyplex
and not see blood, guns, and explosions
I go to the movies
to get away from my life in
suburban Swarthmore

But most of all
what about the lack of leadership cliff?
Two names one party
Two names one party
we have fallen off the duopoly cliff.
have we fallen and can’t get up
or won’t get up

In November 2012
Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein ran
for President with
cough cough alternative parties
you know “those people”
but we can’t ever look at someone
who might spoil the spoilers we elect
and elect to finish second
we can’t elect to look around past all the cliffs
we’re much better off
just getting to the cliff
and jumping, jumping, jumping-

Bob Small
12-6-12   revised 12-8-12  then 12-26-12 and finally 9-22-13


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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