Policia de Gobierno #6

Policia de Gobierno #6


Suddenly thought I might be in New York City again

as the Bilingual Shoe Shine boy

was walking around

seeking customers

from the benches


walking around the bench sitters

circling on the men who looked like they might smoke cigars

or speechify in a Congress or a hall

stay away from the professors

they have no money


stay away from the professors

while I sat and wrote

waiting now

for the time to go for the time to go

while the women looked for purchase


while the women looked for purchase

wanting to leave for the next road

                                for the next Poem

                                 for the next world


                                  for the next world

how long could one sit here

in a perfect Ecuadorian September 11th

the sun warm and feeling as close as my arm

processing memories to store in my future


how long could one sit here

processing memories to store in my future

for the time when I can only travel by mind

when I can only travel by mind

by memory only

by the silent remembrance of a warm sun




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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