true believers

True Believers

Everyone remembers such good things about Ira

Ira now in Ire Land

we think

they blink


in the full plumage of pride

at almost knowing


I had a friend named Ira once

still owes me $20.00

from his trip to California in the summer of 1970

if he’s anyplace

which he probably isn’t

don’t think he owes

anyone a life


From the conversations

it seems we are speaking

of a Ghan dhi, a Schweitzer, a

man for seasons yet unexplored

whose magic they feared so much

that they

(I’ve never met a they

though I’m not even in

the outerest of circles)

would fain place one dead girlfriend

Exhibit A

in one adjacent trunk

Exhibit B

as though someone could possibly

in the remotest of scenarioes

conceive that-


I doubt the Ira I knew

would even have heard of bail

if he had been alleged-

and this time I wouldn’t of lent it to him

without some value at least promised,

but their Ira, as mine, in another country,

will someday reveal


If you believe that

Have I got a bridge for you

Bob Small-original typed on 2/15/84-re-typed on 3/28/84
for Marilyn Thompson of the Daily News, hopefully

My friend Ira had a last name not Einhorn


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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