The Street’s first Sight, revised Montreal Poem #1 from 2011

The Street’s first sight revised

Note; This is the second longer version 

More Montreal 2011 Poesm to follow

Yelling and screaming

when I was changeless

did not have coins

did not have words

How did I dare

not to

How could I not


was unacceptable

Yelling and screaming

in French

Ne Habla I yelled Das Vadanya

remembering bits and pieces

of old/ wrong languages

Then he said

in clear bell English

give me money

Then I said No! And walked on!

Most days and nights

I will give a busker coins


failing that

someone whom I choose

Most days and nights

I will feel I could know this person

I could

I’m not in doubt of

have sometime seen him in a

rather cracked mirror

I understand

too well

how things can turn badly

at the flip of a drink

at the turn of a drug

at timing that may have seemed right

and decisions

that turned out bad and sad

but seemed not then

But this was not that

and now was not then

no reflection

was allowed

He followed for a while

once we began ambulating again

thinking of how fists

might resolve things

or not-

We came to

what later became

the Daily Park

He went over to

someone it seemed he knew

talked about me

like a dog

an English Dog

and how he almost had to hurt me

this other

I could see

gave him

money and sympathies

gave me the evil

eye nose and throat

and words….we walked on


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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