Curfew 1961

Curfew 1961


I was 12 then

it’s my story

and I’m telling my truth

I was 12 then

and walking down Academy

on the way to Tree




was a




I was looking forward

to home alone

     home alone

news and then what was called

“the million dollar movie”

more likely the hundred dollar movie

some nights fifty or even ten

“Abbot and Costello meet Dracula”


“Boy, do your parents know..

“Yeah,” I lied through cigarette stained teeth

“My ride fell through, so I had to”-

“How old are you?  and enough questions

so I knew he was writing me up and I’d get

“something in the mail”  Coulda cut through the


and next time would



noone would ask

where I had really been

or what I had really done

and with which who

That might have been the real violation


I smoked my one last cigarette

walking down Tree Mont to

Fair Field






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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