Flowers (For Gil and Julia)

Flowers (for Gil and Julie)


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 love 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.

Note; Gil Ott lived from 1950 to 2004

For More information see the Poetry Foundation website


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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