Poems from the archive #3

My Next Duchess

So, I meet this woman, see

and ask her back to my place, 

and for some odd reason

(I looked good or

her home looked that bad)

she said yes

and I told her she was

mah ve bus

simple mah ve bus, see

and it wasn’t a lie, see

and we drank wine, see

and we spoke lies, see

and I tasted her body,

that’s the ticket

and we spoke more wine

and drank more lies

till we spun up and off into our outer regions

almost reaching

that area T. love so much

I would almost gladly have someone else die for, see? No?

I mean, it was beautiful, her being an it

(Parbara always chides me for itserfication.

Who knows persons.)

I mean, it was beautiful

and it was fun

and it was 2 nights,

and it was 2 days,

over a half gallon of wine, see

all while my second ex-wife

lies dying

of a suicide

and tubes and all, see,

pocking her once grand body, see

and there’s a daughter who I’ll have to become Daddy for soon, see

but, like, it was really all just a fun, see

but what it was

but only an it

being, my future ex-wife, my first duchess,


to be any part of it, see

and I still cry, at what that it wasn’t,

surely never an us,

and this damn time

T don’t even need the whiskey

to help me cry, see

this time, they closed my station

progress you see

and I’ll never see her train again, see

just cry dumb tears

at what it wasn’t,


6-28-86   from 6-26-86

wish I knew who this was about


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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