The half marathon and other issues
It was another dreammare form another night time
I was running for the track team of the college I dropped
out of on the half marathon team
I finished third
Can’t even finish first in my dreams
Maybe this dream was saying that
I’m halfway through my life
at 66 that sounds marvelous not toxic
marvelous not toxic at the college
I thought I could drop acid and get through
get through there’s still a few weeks
I don’t know what happened
though I think someone’s nerves break down
I think someone’s nerves break down
who knows where I was and does it matter now
does it matter now not to know over twoscore years later
did my roommate really want the room to himself so much
that something else was slipped in my drink
years later when we met on the streets in Philly
he saw a ghost and a smiling one at that
There were so many times I should of met death
I tried suicide by drugs suicide by alcohol suicide by lovers-
he wanted to ask me why I was still alive
but I didn’t have time I didn’t have time-
I had a very important Poetry Reading to go to-
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.