Variations on a Terrier for four paws in C

Variations on a Terrier for four paws in C

For Alfie, our Terrier

We were at night it was walking

me and the terrier, we have nicknamed  Mr. Alfie

twenty pounds of terror also our

little monster, our favorite terrorist

He’s a barker inside but outside

outside he attracts middle aged women

and younger and younger who think

“oh, he’s so cute”, which you can say about

any person or creature you don’t have to live with

any person or other creature you don’t have to live with

the street like we said was dark and suddenly in the middle

of the street stopped a fox like creature who watched Alfie

as a walking morsel if not a full meal

if not a full meal I shone my flashlight

and fox went to the bushes on the other side

and we proceeded hastily home with wife

just returning with her lab subtitled Rosie

later in that night the middle of

a creature howled outside our house for an hour


Later in that night

a creature howled outside our house for an hour

we did not ever really see it

whether fox like or wolf like or or or

All three of our canines barked

we did not go outside

I thought of it thought better

still think of it

Why are foxes on the streets of Swarthmore

why deer

what is it we are doing not doing

who do we share the land with

What knowledges do we no longer have

what faith have we thrown away

what was life like before cities before boroughs

what might it become again


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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