The Covid Cafe #23 Unlike the characters

The Covid Cafe # 23  Unlike the Characters

Probably best if spoken aloud


Unlike the characters

in memory

from my life

or from a novel

or from Mr. Shakespeare

or from history or opera

unlike them too many people

who used to be

who used to be

will become victims of Covid

Husbands and wives

someones lover who will




be held again in this life

only held in the faintest of memory 


 When we hear a certain

song whether it’s

Clyde Mcphatter singing The Bells of St Marys

or Dive Bar by Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton

or the last movement of Beethoven’s 9th


you see the person who no longer lives and- 

when we remember a certain place

sand shore sun

sand shore sun

when we remember a certain place

a restaurant meal

sand shore sun

sand shore sun

mountain trails

her walking ahead of you on the sidewalk

he driving away in the moonlight

sand shore sun

sand shore sun

all that’s left are the memories

all that’s left are

all that’s left

all that’s left are the memories



The lovers I remember

gone and left

left and gone

some parts of a century ago

when do these memories leave

do they stay until I go

do they stay until I go


I have not been one for a very long time

I have not been alone for many years

                                                  many years

What must it be if that lover now left

was your only lover that you no longer had  

What must it be is this was your

final best lover that you no longer 

What must it be to be lying in bed

saying goodbye in a voice barely a whisper…


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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