Note On March 5th I found out

Albert J Raman, a long time friend

had died. This is the revision of my early draft.


We met at the Bacchanal
barstool to barstool
He was married to a gal who
owned an Art Gallery
I was married to Poetry and
the Bottle
We became friends

We became friends
He was the Lawyer for our
Poetry Group, the late somewhat lamented
Poets and Prophets
He also joined our motley crew
of activists, Poets, and others
going to the local minor
league baseball circuit
eating fan food, talking politics


Once his divorce became final
once she said she loved Art more than him
and Art didn’t even stand for Arthur
Albert was still a person
just never the same one


Albert was still a person
just never the same one
I always wanted to tell him
a man never gets it right with the first one
sometimes not the second
it’s not the woman


Sometimes it’s not the man
after some years I got sober
I ended up with the right woman
I wondered how things
happened the way they did
for me
and never for him

and never for him
when you find the
wrong woman
on a too regular basis
not that that killed him

not that that killed him
it didn’t make his life longer
braver stronger
there was nothing to tell him
no danger he would listen


No danger he would listen
Keep thinking the words should come
or the tears
or the screams
but there’s only these words
no better than silence
no louder than silence

Bob Small


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 Albert

  1. peggy Pastore says:

    Bob, this is a wonderful poem. It speaks the truth. peggy

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