PFA #7 Behind These Walls of Shame

Behind These Walls of Shame

(For all those who needlessly died of Aids, due to govt. inaction,)

Behind these walls of shame

sit those who would

decide the life we lead

whom we should love

when we should die

and why

they think they are Gods,

Wotans in their Valhallas,

well fellas

we are making the lists now

of who sat and watch

when the Aidacide came

3ehind these walls of shame

those who would lead us with theer ignorance

preach at us with their prejudice

teach us to be less and animal

sit and make the laws

sit and make the loss

when the the comes for counting

will you be as proud of your name, then

or say, as did your spiritual advisers in Nuremburg

“I was only following orders,

I possess no guilt”

Behind these walls of shame

sit these decision makers

           incision shapers

            division creators

maybe it’s time

to break down these walls

and let the truth shine in

to melt these walls of shame

Maybe it’s time

before all that’s left to list

is the remnants of our dreams

and the business of government goes ever on

Behind these walls of shame

Bob Small-6/27/88-original same day


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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