About Early Sunday Night

About Early Sunday Night

Two for Paula
About Early Sunday Night

Bob Small-12/20/87


If that wasn’t heaven
why am I hearing bells
why am I singing songs
new to this world
if that wasn’t heaven


In the halls of Paula
There are times I love you beyond the meaning of words
to ecstasy’s door and then in
side and don’t get my promises on tape
(Where’s Rose Mary Woods when I need her?)*
but there are times when I love you beyond meaning
when the only words available emerge as a scream
What is the colour of love? the numbers?
What does it say in the dictionary? Can you
say it in Polish?  Does it have to with hair, legs, lips,
toes, or thighs?  Can you measure it?  How much does it weigh?
Are there alternatives or antidotes?  Is it fatal?  Does it have a
taste all it’s own?  Is it anything like dreams? Or drachmas?
When is the expiration date?  And where is that written?
I don’t know how to say what I’m saying.
That never stopped me.
Let me say the darkness has lifted once again
and you were there
and the only place I ever want to be


*secretary to Richard Nixon who erased 15m of the infamous Watergate tapes


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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