Blue Blooz

Blue Blooz

Inspired by the works of James E. Dupree

(blue tinged instruments on the wall)

shown at Philadelphia City Hall from 1-27-99 to 5-7-99


Blue Blooz

What other colour could the Blues be

Could there be green blues, black blues,

black and blue blues, lavender blues,

red blues, dead blues,

blues for the dead,

blues for the not quite dead,

blues in the day time in the soft silent park

blues for the cops, blues for the shot,

blues for the dreams not yet dreamt,

blues for the screamers, dreamers, schemers


Who owns the Blooz and who tells us how to

sing them, spell them, ring them, smell them,

who says how much dues

must be paid

until one can say

they have the Blues and not be laughed at


Blue Blooz on a city hall wall

            on a pretty hall wall

            on a grity hall wall

near courts and such,

where many go in and some just don’t come out

and just last week

there were screams for Mumia

and don’t ask me ifhedidit.

Anytime I went to 13th and Locust in the 1980’s

it felt so good

I forgot to remember.

I couldn’t tell you my nights

or my names.

Or any of theirs.

And I know as much as anyone

who swears they know the truth.

Blue Blooz.


Bob Small-revised on 4-4-00 from 4-18-99

Note_Should probably be read out loud.


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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