Blyden Potts inspired this (Facebook)

Blyden Potts inspired this 

Note;  Blyden Potts, a long time friend and comrade

in politics, when were not busy disagreeing,

inspired this with a Facebook post


Freedom is the right to write,
the right to sing
the right to carry a sign,
the right to speak
and not have to limit yourself from fear
and not have fear
and not fear
the government is listening
the Comintern
the Trumpintern
the Obamatern
the anyone
who would tell you what
you have the right to write

2) Freedom
is not just another word for
“nothing left to lose”
Freedom was what 1776 was about
at least for landed white males
Freedom was what France in 1789 was about
at least in the beginning
Freedom was what parts of the 1960’s was about
though after a few famous and not so famous people got shot
we decided it was “time to move on:
Freedom is still illusory
but it’s where we still want to go

3) Freedom may be what you know you’re missing
when you don’t have it
when your skin colour defines you
when your gender hurts your chances of rising
when you can have a gender or sexual preference
just don’t prefer it out loud
not too loud-

Freedom is the write to write
when you know you’re right
even when the world thinks you’re wrong
you sing your own damn song
and it doesn’t have to scan or rhyme
to be the right song
this time


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 Blyden Potts inspired this (Facebook)

  1. ContiR says:

    This is one of the best poems I’ve read in a long time.

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