Burning on Harmony St- typed from 4-11-87 see next post

Burning on Harmony Street


Epigram #1-A woman, believed to be a Street Person, poured gasoline
on herself, on Harmony St., a block and a half from Independence
Hall, yesterday, and set herself afire. Her age is
estimated at age 19.-paraphrase from 3/18/87 Philadelphia
Daily News



Burning on Harmony Street


She said Jesus

Let me die

He never listened

She was not

a Vie et na mese Budd his monk

She was not an

Ohhhh Sage Ah ve nuhe MOVE mem ber

She was not a prisoner

of politics

She was only someone

gone crazy with the world

If it wasn’t on page 3

Philadelphia Daily News, March 13, 1987

I’d not have known

Even so

Even though

we move from burning blocks

move to the single fire

from government in spi red


to do-it-yourself death

I do not care

It’s only another idea

from which a Poem or a ri ver
just a spark
of an idea


Epigram #2-A Revolution is based on brutal and unselfish love.
paraphrase of quote by John O’Kilean, used by Mlbali Umoja on 4/11/87


2) Bur nling on Har money Street
2 blocks away
from the home of the Freedom Bell
she made her free speech
her last speech
Bur ning on Har mony, Har mony, Her mony
no melody in her life
no brilliance
or brilliance burnt
or chilled
or dulled
burning on Harmony Street, glowing in the makeshift morn,
1 can see the fire
like it’s right here
and I was on the street’s violent night
looking to find
some pain or pleasure,
arenas both inhabited, colours of the same dream,

looking to find some pain or pleasure
looking to find

being found out in stead


Epigram #3-The point of a Poet is not to write Poetry.
Kush, as quoted by Gill Ott, on 4/11/87


3) Oh Jesus let me die
she said
was she dying for my sins
or yours
burning so brightly
on Harmony Street
burning so brightly
why not

one burning nightly
on Harmony Street
every tourist
loves a show



from 3/19/87-typed 4/11/87


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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