The Real “Lost Cause”

The Real “Lost Cause”

The real “lost cause”

has nothing to do

with plantations

or states rights

or Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind

or any of the other lies that white men say

to make themselves feel better about themselves,

rather than actually do anything.

As a white man, these are my words to say

The real “Lost Causes”

happened in the 1960’s

with civil rights

and rights to protest

and anti-war dreamers

and weren’t we starting to talk about

wimmin’s rights

(but only when we had to)

there were even some dreams about free speech

but that might have been a Poem too far

too far

None of these causes are truly lost

unless we just give them up

as dreams of youth

or ragged old raging men

who meet on street corners still screaming

’bout the old days

’bout the bold days

’bout the cold days

when we still stayed out there

holding out signs and hope


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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