How can you love

How Can You Love-for Gil & Julia
How can you love in these
Ronald Reagan days in these
Wilson Goode Firestarter, Firestormer nights                                                                             when murder is the latest urban sport
how can you dare love when life is a dare every second,                                                              on every street, from every mind
How can love be allowed how can love be alleged and not guilt-edged
in these days of AIDS
where any Isolde can make a Tristan
in these violent summer evenings
where death is all it’s crack ed up to be
in this city of dead babies where Peace has left
having gotten mugged in Suburban Station where any softness is crushed
won’t love be just another dead flower
to be uprooted by the
Rouse a Farians
prog ress prog ress
the Raferty farians
a sudden thought
can your union be dissolved
if the government doesn’t approve get me the Poet Regulations
page 123

not ground and grown to dust
in the Graham and Heidnik of Philadelphia
that’s anti-blasphemous
These are not demon dreams
nor demon dreamers
this couple
who could not
dare not not be
even if loving
is the greatest risk of all
any lvoe to day
that dares to scream it’s name
I wish you both much applause
good reviews
and great Poetry
though I did tell Ms. Paula
not to see an omen and por tent
in all this
that married Poets
are as rare and felicitous as those comets of Haley and, besides,
the Poetry Regulations
prevent any other Philly Poets
getting married this year any short Philly Poets this decade
Bob Small-7/30/88-from 7/29/88
on the occasion of Gil Ott/Julie Blumenreich Wedding Reception at The Painted Bride. A present. An original Bob Small.


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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