The Runner in Swarthmor e

The runner in Swarthmore

For JM


which is what I normally do

neither a jogger nor a runner nor a loper

(only deer and anti lope)

there was a woman in running mode whom I noticed

in running clothes

it wasn’t the one runner I know

it was later in the day than her normal and-

and this is only May

and she needs to fix the broken

which we all do from time to time

luckily for her it is only a foot

one fifth of a foot

she’ll just need a toe truck for a while

2) by sometime August

I expect it could be her

running in the morning mist

(isn’t that where runners run?

why I usually mist them)

By the time I awake

I’ve usually missed mist

In May

August seems an eternity away

’tis not just seems so

’tis not just seems so

this is to wish her happy future running

from someone who,  like Joe Biden, I guess,

will also chooses not to run


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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