Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, and St. Louis # 7

Duet for Man,Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity and St. Louis #7

Man My turn to talk about an ex-wife

Woman No, you had Tuesday.

And you cheated.

you talked about your work

in your usual manner

of having a pattern on existence

Man Pass the wine.

(pause while wine is passed. may need two glasses and

empty bottle as props)

So it’s Friday

and your turn, to talk on the kids

the old what they did

Woman You don’t know my times
Naptime is an epitome
over to a neighbour’s

and the moment of being alone
a symphony

Man Wait on. (sips wine)

You wanted three. You have.

2 merely graceless

1 past

future perfect.

Woman Merely mine?

Like you….
borrow them

for certain


Man Merely mine?

Pass the wine.

Merely mine? (he sips) (she sips)

It has a certain tang to it

a certain remembrance

of things

not quite fully past

is this the last?

how things end?

broken youth

never seems to bend

Woman You pass the wine!

Speaking in dreams


me the echoes of screams

the memories of diapers

of watching

to make sure they still move


That’s a beggar’s bargain

Man You never spoke in dreams

making mine yours

it’s my shimmering wine

you so lustlessly pour.

you drink of being Samuel’s mother

sip of

the ambrosia of Ambrose

get doe-eyed drunk

on the case of


This is your life

someone else’s

Woman And when you leave

some wall-eyed Friday night

going to the cemetery store

for some bone yard

de light

visiting a grave

in all your joy

talking how she was much better

I’ll still have one girl. two boys

And you

you don’t like photos

Man Pass the wine(sips)

If I go to my yesterday

find a Pine Street garden

write the great American

or paint

the unseen eye

or merely leave

to leave love’s leavings

for the sure and pure of lust

for the new

the not you

scrapin’ off the rust

that you built up

you’ll find me to remember

until you find another me

you’ll place me like a


in the pages of my leaving

Woman Will you go out for cigarettes

or sneak back in some sheltered dawn

Will she look like Loni Anderson

Or think like Werner Braun

Will her legs and feet be young and lithe

speaking with that adorable lisp

Will she drink each night, ten sacks of wine

A young girl go ing no where, isn’t that your kind?

Man I’ll leave in time

to be Byron

or be Tarzan

But first

isn’t it time for Carson

Bob Small 5-23-83

winged it after the first 8 lines

listening to extensive Bartok


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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