The Wintering This Year-page 5 Ryan Penn

Ryan Penn

The Bilateral Junkyard


This is the country we were left with

after all the promises not kept

the intended millionaires are now

dumpster divers

and art is too expensive to buy

but one should invest


This is the dream that was slashed

all the young radicals

now old fat and safe

never trust anyone

who makes under



This junkyard contains all the risks not taken

all the concertoes for hope and orchestra 

not written

all the lovers who didn’t dare leap

and hold the dangerous one they love

This junkyard contains ideas that were not cleansed

man and women festoes never screamed

all the mom and pop art never sculpted

This junkyard contains me and you

and the me and the you we were gonna be

and the me and the you we promised to never leave

and the me and the you who exchanged blood and love

that night under the tree and the rain in the graveyard 

vowing not to die

vowing never to die


And that power thing

that male power thing

that, if nothing else,

you knew you had

over her brown hair

over her blue eyes

over her femaleness

that is less than yours

because you are male and she

she is not

then why are you the one

who is looking up at her

why are you the one

who forgives her anything

and screams for her to do more

why are you the one

who anticipates her every step

with love

and dread


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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