There goes another Planet

Note; A most beautiful friend, in all aspects,

asked me to write it for her

for Earth Day, April 22nd

Feel free to use it

but give me credit



There goes another Planet or
First Planet and take a right

(Possibly a recording of Time after Time by
Cindy Lauper could be playing in the bakground.
We all have guilty pleasures.)

Mother Earth

Dr. Maxine *
The setting could include a couch
(for Mother Earth) and a chair for
Dr. Maxine
There could be a table between them.
ME could be in a long flowing maybe green robe, or not.
DM should be professional looking
ME Thank you for finding the time to see me. I-

DM Of course,of course. We understand how busy you are keeping the earth vegetated and fertile and rotating and-

ME That’s just the problem. I’m mother to a planet where I’m
mostly disrespected! The animals know how to treat their habitats but the humons** well, it’s like having children who never listen, no matter how you try to tell them show them-

DM Could you give me some examples?

ME First I tried to show them by raising temperatures but, as Don Imus would say, some of them are just not the sharpest knives in the drawer. Now we have Polar bears running out of ice, temperature variations that have never happened before, incidents of-

DM Well, children have to learn by their mistakes and-

ME ( sitting up) How can I remain Mother Earth if there’s no Earth!
Mother Pluto or Mother Mars just doesn’t have the same ring.
And that mean the end of Doctor Who, which I would hate to be
the cause of!

DM Now, let’s look at this. You’re defining your self by your children, by your job. Maybe it’s time to redefine, to downsize.
Have you ever thought about becoming oh say Mother Moon.
It would take years to repopulate but you have plenty of eons..

ME I’ve become rather fond of the earth and all it’s various climates, the Himalayas, Hawaii, the Alps, the Adirondacks,
Alaska (though not their Governors), The Indian Ocean, the Atlantic, the Pacific, even the deserts, and I do hate that they call it Death Valley, there’s life there, just different life… were all that
to go, even if Earth remained but every place on earth had the same climate, I just don’t know that I would have any interest in it. I just don’t know.

DM Let’s try another thought. If you were a humon mother and had a child that you really wanted to do something useful and artistic, say being a Poet, and he decided to be a Professional
Football player, wouldn’t you still love him?

ME Yes, but isn’t that wasting your birthright, your potential?

DM Or is that a child finding their own direction, no matter how misguided you think it is. Maybe the majority of Earthlings
don’t really care if everyplace looks the same, no Hawaii, no Himalayas, if it all looks like Brooklyn. There’s something to be said for uniformity.

ME If that happens, what am I supposed to do, who am I supposed to care for, what is my role.

DM We’ll discuss that next week. For your homework, bring
three potential careers you might want to begin, activities you always wanted to do, but were too busy.

ME So I should just let go?

DM Earthlings are who they are. If planet maintenance isn’t that important to them, it shouldn’t be to you.

Obscure references
* named for Max, a character from Black Sails
another guilty pelasure

** what the Ferengi, in Deep Space Nine, called humans


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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