The Covid Cafe #14 wlking int Swmre #1

The Covid Cafe #14 

Wlking int Swmre #1   


Everything feels reduced

abreviatd less rather than more

at least we have each other

both of us in health 

so far 


listening to radio on my headphones

WXTU-FM Philly Country

(Don’t tell my liberal friends)

Ain’t nothing that beer can’t fix-Thomas Rhett

Used to believe that (substitute whiskey)

Used to have a lot of beliefs

now I know, as well as any of us now,

that beliefs can evolve

and what was certain yesterday 

does not exist today

no longer Believe WORDS WILL SAVE ME

but still write because. 


Walk Rutgers up to, or down to,

(and how does that matter anyhow) 

ran into M and she and I

                     and she and I

very social for 6 feet away

conversated for maybe 20 Minutes

about how we were coping with covid 

how we were Coviding?


PNC is open,

though I don’t need to



Should we fear the touch of money

any more than usual

Should we fear the touch of money


Charlie’s Hardware

forever open 

(pen wouldn’t write,

hope I can write this in memory 

Next place I notice

open is Dunkin Donuts 

and Tom M swearrrs he don’t 

go there no more

(is that because he thinks that

this is what we want to hear)

swears he don’t go there no more

like other friends swore they

didn’t go to the Homestretch

(the divest of local bars)

because there are some things you

just have to say,

truth be damned!




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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