Thank John McNesby for this Poem

Thank John Mcnesby for this Poem


John McNesby, President of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, called a

small group of Black Lives Matter Protestors who rallied outside

the home of an officer accused of a shooting

“a pack of rabid animals”


John, maybe you need to think before you speak

“a pack of Vigilantes” would of been apropros

“let the legal system operate” would of been relevant

“officers right to privacy” would of been germane

Who writes your material anyway


When did it change

that the Police seem almost never never never to be charged

when they are the “perps” in a shooting that some see as questionable

some see as questionable, others see as murder, and

others see as duty


John, couldn’t you try to understand their frustration

and couldn’t the other side find another way

find another way, though they’ve tried all the other ways

short of the Black Panther way, short of the Deacons for Defense way

and isn’t it still “open season on Blacks”


“Open season on Blacks” or does it only seem that way

can’t we sit down and talk, can’t we agree to meet

while there is still time, while there is still space

or are we looking at the old west or the old south

happening in a new Northeast?


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 Thank John McNesby for this Poem

  1. Jay says:

    Good one Bob!

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