The Covid Cafe #26 Martindale 3-24

The Covid Cafe #26

Martindale 3-24 

Note; will probably divide this also into voices

So we go to our local

natural foods market

natural foods market

on Senior day, should we even be out

even with gloves

even on Senior day

even feeling uneven  

It’s almost noon and there’s a line

It’s almost noon and they open at eleven

but their shipment was late and we all

stand six feet away, very polite

it is, after all, a natural foods store

and we are naturally polite 

Talked to a guy walking past me

to join his place

at the foot

of the line

“Guess neither of us


the right people”

Got a smile

needed in

these thin and piping times 

Most everyone knew 

to find the

tail of the line

tail of the line 

the one or two


were told

were told


Only 7 at a time

yes, we have to wait

yes, this is our fate

we can wait not in pain

we can wait not in rain

standing quietly outside

no, we’re not insane



Once inside i tried

using the requisite gloves

not to drop every damn thing

picked up not to drop every-

most times i didn’t 

most times

The streets were

almost as quiet

as Thanks or Christ mas

giv ing

though this was

less a holiday

more a



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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