The Fire #1-For Lamont B Steptoe

The Fire #1
For Lamont B. Steptoe

The older I get
the older I get
The more I remember about things I can’t change
places and faces
places and faces
I can’t go back to
I can’t return to-

I remember us when we were both thirty five
there was not any reason to believe
we would approach twice that
we lived as though fourty was a curse
a place we would not enter

As one more year
as one more year
and my age changes to older still
I still believe
I still believe
in future dreams
and future schemes

Facebook told me you were sixty and eight
We must believe Facebook, one of our Computer Gods
That soon will be my age also
I have returned to the world of words
one you never left


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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1 Response to The Fire #1-For Lamont B Steptoe

  1. Dan Zibman says:

    Open Mouth Poetry, early 1980s
    My Darling Wife, Elizabeth June Madden-Zibman, one of the organizers of Open Mouth Poetry, died in May, 2016, after a twenty month struggle w/ a rare cancer.
    In her honor, I am organizing an Open Mouth Poetry event, including an open reading, at the
    West Windsor Art Center in Princeton Junction, NJ, Sunday, 30 April, 3-5pm.
    The art center is within walking distance of the Princeton Junction train station, two stops from Trenton, NJ.
    Would be great if a few of the Open Mouth Poetry crowd were to attend. Please spread the word.
    Dan Zibman

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