Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, and St. Louis # 10

Duet for Man Woman Birth Death Infinity and St. Louis #10



Do you know what it’s like to be here all day.

Just here.

Just me.


It’s better than-


Don’t say. I know some places you’ve been.


It’s Friday. Isn’t it.


Was he good’

Was he fine and young, nearly hairless?

A rookie sailor?


It’s Friday.


Was it a tea room scene?or did you use the car?

Of course you drove down 12th St. Tell him to call,
real late at night. some time past my awakeness, so you

can whisper to him of the taste of his honey?


You know, you could find solace elsewhere.

There’s at least three who would-


And you’ll stand at his door ‘gain

plea in hand again

beg and de mand again

almost as though-

you could




Strange White Female, history of suicide attempts and
jagged crying seeks Straight White Male to support her and

keep her a live. Contact PO. Box 490193-A.

At Midnight. With a frog’s wing.


Or I could go back to St. Louis.
They loved me there.


All your theys are dead.

Or, unfortunately, not yet so.


I would find new ones.

they would be for me.

Strong men who do not use words

for their swords.

Who are not broken

in so many places.


You would be in within a week.

Or, no, do they have a charity ward there, where
you haven’t spewed your words, yet.

Between a fierce old bag Madelyn and a radical wino

g Spouting Trotskey and tales of old Me hi cho

Rosa Luxembourg
Che and Jim
Morrison’s death

Better than a half-life here.

Pass the wine


Dare me to go.

Do you dare me to leave you right out of my life.


Do as you will.

But easy.

Do not slam doors.

I hate it

when you slam doors.


You don’t think I’ll leave you

Stab you with my leaving


Do leave me a dress or two.


And why do you stay?


It’s someone to do.

WomanPass the wine. Pass the god damn

Revision-Bob Small-08/05/83


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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