Moving Someplace New, part one

Moving Someplace new, part one

prose and poem

The persons who were letting us live with them, after my she sudden died and there was no longer an us, come to let me know, in as gentle as this kind of thing gets knowing, that he was being restationed, his wife to join, whatever fantasies one might have had, based on some long since previous nights, and the owner had some relatives who desperate needed place, due to, well, none of my beeswax.

The first night I went to see

South 12th Street

in mid South Philly

it was at Twilight


it was at twilight

all steps were filled, some attractively, some otherwise,

some waiting their persons

walked up to Lo and said Hi, I-


walked up to LO, and said Hi, I-

didn’t know her by a name yet

just that she was built like a brick _house

and I wanted to feel her radiance


and I wanted to feel her radiance

I would spend a few twi-nights

sitting on the step below

drinking and talking


drinking and talking

nothing ever else

her being married to a

jealous cop and


jealous cop and

she might give me a gentle

nudge and kick but that

was at good as it gets


was as good as it gets

be having hot and cold running bargirls

woman of no and low repute

looking for the same in a man


looking for the same in a man

while Lo might invite me in, every then and now

when I now had time for her

but I knew how to say no


I knew how to say no

that first day, then

she told me the first floor women on the other next door

were strictly “pay to play”


were strictly “pay to play”

and plenty other gossip

and don’t remember Lo

ever looking bad


the very next day, the very next day

paid three months in cash

whIch I got someplace

and thus was 12th Street


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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