Greham, Heidnik, Philadelphia #2

Graham, Heidnik, Philadelphia #2


dead Black Female Bodies

stacked like waxy boxes
in north philly rooms

the urge to murder
as urgent as a drink
as surging as a drug,
then the murderholic
again + again+ again-
just another urge, another high,
another deed, another need
that has to be done
when just being macho is no longer enough

these women left no empty spaces
noone seemed to have a notice
that they were not on
their usual hard streets
that their words, laughs, smiles, and crying
were today missing
that these unparticular fares
were re placed

none missed

how many other houses
how many other
dead Black Female Bodies
how many more lives ‘will be lessened

is there a list to be made


where is the out rage
where are the screams, tears, loss-
or is horror so daily here
that this latest
is merely horror squared
horror amplified
horror again
and no other meaning
than Friday the 13th-The Philadelphia Story


I knew none of these women
nor any thing of them,
only that their lives,
by the living of then,
some glory had, and more possible if-
but they were only Black, only Female, only Poor
not even deserving the televised death of MOVE members
not deserving of life
when the urge strikes
when the night is too dark for words
just another Philly killing
just another time in History,
to date your life’s experience by where you were when-


Bob Small from 4-30-88 typed 5-18-88

Two serial killings from the time of 1988


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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