Why in 2020


Why in 2020

Inspired by Elie Mystal’s article in The Nation

shared by Rich Conti


Why are my and other’s poems

from the nineteen sixties

still too damn relevant

and why is it still a curse in this country

to be any kind of different,

but especially black.

Why haven’t computers changed the world for Peace as promised.

Why do black parents still

have to have “the talk”

with their children.

Why do we even have statues honoring traitors,

where else do they have that. 


There is a Boot Monument in

Saratoga National Historic Park\

honoring the major general

who beat the British there,

one Benedict Arnold.

it’s missing his name.

should we honor him, then. 


Don’t mention the phrase “the lost cause”

unless you’re speaking of civil rights

which seems to have been lost

unless you’re speaking of free speech rights

of the right to not get shot, of the right-

those are the lost causes and you can add to this

as many as you can name in a single breath without stopping 


why did I kneel for eight minutes and 46 seconds at

a BLM event in Swarthmore’s Umoja Park

on Friday, June 19th

as though it mattered 

This 71 yr old white man still thinks he can speak



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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