Poems of Mass Destruction #1

Poems of Mass Destruction  #1
For Lamont B. Steptoe

Your words are rage
Your Po ems are bomb lets
dropping from the fiery sky of your mind
leaping from the airplane hanger of your mouth
to the hungry trees below
You do not
use your imagination
Lazily, you use your life
Like a thief
you use my life
Like a vulture
you remember the dead
Like a vulture
you remember the dead

2) Vietnam man
Black in America man
Gay in America man
can’t you learn to forget
watch dumbavision and-
choose not to remember
And, anyway,
who have we lynched recently
Do you personally know of any one person
killed by the klan
Any faggots
currently being shot
Can’t you just write about lovers
and tall and beautiful

3) You write Poems of mass destruction
your phallus is your pen
if the world was even halftime right
halftime right
Your face would be as well known
as any of our fake
who fail to dream
         fail to live
         fail to breathe one day
         except on the slivers of silver
           fail to breathe one real day
but do preach
the healing and lovng effects
of violence forever amen

Bob Small-3rd version 6-19-02
revised 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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