The Secret Life Cafe (for the Novle)

Secret Life Cafe


(to be written/sung one of the characters in the Novle) 

She wants me to meet her

in the Secret Life Cafe

It’s a place she knows too well

she goes there every day 

a night the times she sleeps alone

with noone by her side

to tell her long sad story to

or hold her while she cries

She wants me to sit with her

at the Secret Life Cafe

list to her family legends

all the worlds she has to say

 it’s not that I had a thought

that incest did not burn

just never knew how much is taught

how much must one unlearn 

She wants me first to hold her tight

but then to let her go

she needs me to let her fight

until she truely knows 

that all her fists and all her pound

cannot make me go away 

Maybe she just wants the words 

that I can never say







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 Secret Life Cafe (for the Novle)

  1. ContiR says:

    What is Novle?
    Really like this poem as a song. Maybe you could find someone to set it to music? It’s pretty intense but very insightful.

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