Looking for love on all the wrong beaches

Note; This was about one of my passions prior to meeting my wife.

I’ve only had one passion since we met in 1988.


Looking for love on all the wrong beaches


The past and future at one time
at the ocean
I stood in the harsh wind-rain
and swore
I was Jesus
but I couldn’t find Mary,
she had met a sailor and was,

at the moment I saw the scimitar-shaped gleam of silver light 

in a cheap grease hotel

on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard,

inserting quarters

into the Denco




  1. In the time it takes to write this scream

universes may be won or lost

I want to speak to you and

make you my new you

I want to speak to you

and tell you words

and, oh yeah, listen to who you are, as opposed to my fine fierce fancy of you

(You cannot be her; That Winter Universe is lost.)

and listen to who you are;

will I




3) I mentioned

Diane Arbus to you

She snapped photos of me

before I was born

We know this

I am a chameleon

around you

I will be soft

be cause

you will let this in me out

around others

I will be hard


they will let this me, in me, out

around me?

There’s not any me I remember


4) At the Ocean

I was Jesus-Dracula

im paled

in haled

after him

there is one

someone else

I think

I read this on a rock

                     or a rack

now is it time

to meet


this new him

this old him

this cold him






This was originally written on 6-9-86 and revised 6-26-86

and worked on throughout October



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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