Poems from the Archive #2

Poem to noone in particular ( Maybe MacBeth’s wife)

You called today

back from London, Amsterdam, Lima, and

all these other places

you swear you wrote me from

told you

I’m with a woman

whom I like deeply

and who loves me

neglected to mention

still loved you like MacBeth his lady

you would not of believed me—

or worse

you might have—

You asked who was reading Poetry where

was Dan Keiner still Reading



We talked for an hour

most of Poetry

too little of other….emotions

I talked to Maralyn about you

she’s titling her next Reading

Vagina from Hell

I said you called

then we switched topics

I have learned no way to not love you

You, probably, in all your absence and distance,

absence and distance

would not let me love you now

would not trust me

oh, we could have use of each other again

and I would be in love

and you would be in like

and why can’t I look on you like I look on her

and why can’t I Look on her like I look on you

and why can’t you look on me like—

This Poem is not about anyone

all the incidents are trivial,

and all the love herein expressed is a joke,

and all MacBeth really needed

which he did not have

was a lover

as full of love as his wife

Bob Small-5/4/88—Linda Called

revised, somewhat, 6-18-19

Note; Mrs. Macbeth is only known in the Play as Lady Macbeth

There’s a coda to this Poem, Goodbye on Broad St,

which I’ll put on whenever I find it or I’ll reinvent it.

Now that this on line, I can toss out the paper copy.


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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