10-31-17 #1

10-31-17  #1


When this happens or

more correctly

when this happens again

or even more correctly

when this happens again and again and again-

I need to give thanks for the beings in my life that I value

I need to give thanks

and remember who I am, who I was, who I will be-


When terror happens

for whatever reason or none

for whatever reason or none-

when words are displaced from my throat and my thoughts

                                                    from my throat and my thoughts-

When the next day will not happen for someone(s)

just because of the where and when they were

not even the who 

not even the who-


As close as one gets to prayer

a state near grace or a state near ??


I need to remain close to my wife

and I need to remember to remain






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 10-31-17 #1

  1. kristine osbakken says:

    So you’re a Green too. Ran three times as a GP endorsed candidate, most recently in 2014 for MN state legislature, and in 2015 for Duluth City Council. Very hard to beat the Dems here. Even ‘progressive’ Dems (and a former Green) on City Council have campaigned against rank choice balloting, though the major cities of MPLS and St. Paul use it. Wonderful poem.

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