Policia de Gobierno #10 *
aka Plaza de la Independencia #10
aka Quito 2018
(from the 9-11-15 Series
set in the Plaza during a visit there.)
As one explained to her
one did not get her sparkling water
because she always sparkles anyway
one did not want to leave his bench
Walking across the Plaza
trying to remember any Spanish
ended up with Diet Coke
as one did not point out to her
one could point to that item
The last time
I felt alive
within all of me
not one who is sick/wounded
pieces of a man
She has helped me
through all of 2016
and now another year
and now another year
where it feels like one again
And now another year
where it feels like less of me
and even though
more is on order-
Now I will never
walk across that
Quitoan square on
nine eleven fifteen
and get her that sparkling spring water
Now I will write
her a simple Poem
about Quito and the sun shining
and the dogs barking
and the wind blowing
and the people speaking
and the love happening-
What are memories for
if not to happen again
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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