You can’t get there from here

French Canadian Style


First of all

first of

all first

of all


It was a Monday

September and llth

even in Canada

it was a Monday

we all agree that

if nothing else

if nothing else

trying to do something

we knew we could do

but told we couldn’t or

failing that

made so cumbersome

we would just leave

look I felt like saying

we just want to

open a bank account in

Canadian dollars

not rob the bank

but did not

It was Monday after all

we had ten days to do this

if it was to be done


one thought

some things are not meant

to be done

if I Had to be pregnant

if most men did

we would have a severely underpopulated planet

don’t ask me why

I thought of that

I just did

finding the bank was easier than that

I know this

despite never being pregnant

If men got pregnant

abortioners would accept coupons

and you’d get a beef and a beer

and free Flyerz tickets

if men got pregnant

If men got pregnant

and other men stood in front

of abortion clinics

you’d have fist city

at least

if men got pregnant

if men got pregnant

there would not be an

abortion free state in the union

the military would pay for them

if men got pregnant

if men got pregnant

I might not have had a daughter

there would be a lot of sons and


not happening

if men



Who knows

on other planets

maybe males do get pregnant

watch their kids like

Penguins do

on other planets

Maybe there is a whole society

where men welcome this

do not see it as oppression

but power

the future

is in their loins

I waited a long time

at many banks

while most everyone

spoke in a language

that would not of been


if I’d taken the time to learn it

Today was Bank Monday

nothing more or less


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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