The Uninvited Lunch



The uninvited lunch

It wasn’t the waffle house
in the South
that’s always a good sign
not “the awful house”

Biscuit something
It was only raining outside
and there were a smattering of
locals, or they looked like

locals, sitting there with
nowhere to go
and plenty of days
to do it in
plenty of days
to do it in
not too many
words to waste

we sat there
less in conversation
than usual
eating biscuits

eating biscuits
with whateveritwas
is a dangerous thing

we were saving our words
for ourselves
no one else
being loud

no one else
being loud
we ate our biscuits
and coffee

we ate our biscuits and
coffee and left
making sure
we hadn’t left any

making sure we hadn’t
left any words
lying around
for any one

for anyone
to pick up
paid the check and left
paid the check and left

In the car
we spoke for about a year
just in relief

from 5-29  7-10-09 revised 7-22-09
my memory of the place


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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