Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, and St. Louis #6

aka Seaman’s Choice# revision


Man So your blood red

Sea Man’s gone

Woman Who are you

to comment on my pain

Man l listened.

it reminded me of mine
of sailors gone

of sailors not

Woman Thin king of, thin king of
two pains do not make a healing

Man can blend

pra duce fabulous colours

the melting

womanI am re morse less
norse less
you are
not less
not more
not mine

Man I have been lessened

now melting Melding Melisande

a candle

down to stub

don’t bet on infinity

Woman Have you loved long,hard,

and to no visible effect

been dealt love

like I?

Man And more

for less

All my sailors and sailorettes

searching for Atlantis

I am merely be tween ships

Shipless, so to speak

Woman What then

do you have left

as gift

as guile

just a de sci bing

of a smile

Man only the sight

of the horizon

the broken

shards of dawn

and how

like mon soon ery furies

we rage,

but then go on
smelling his salt in my dreams

Woman But I would pause
for only a time
find new ar ma das
for only a time

Man To pause

does that not invite

you to choose

not to choose

for the forseeable again

Woman But I choose

these new

wa ters

and it’s my ship

this time

Man And I watch

Woman As is your choice


Subtitle Seaman’s Choice-Bob Small-5-23-83

#emendations from

Krisine K. Osbakken

original note; needs some work

sea motif not strong enough


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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