In Church on Columbus Day #2

By now

we may have been sitting next to a Minister

on Columbus Night

we have sat next to Ministers before

just not ones we are related to

just not ones

we knew before

they found their calling

and answered to it


2) Becoming a Minister

does not make any logic sense

for her

but it does make an emotional sense

and if she hears the call

then she should answer

even if

and especially if






did not see their map

maybe their earth is flat!!!

or maybe mine is.

or maybe it’s paintings of

the same image

by a different artist.

And flatness,

like beauty

is in the eye of the behelden.


Remember last being in the outer hall

not quite knowing how I got there

not every question needs an answer

not every answer needs be questioned

not every silence

needs a response


I will find the boat

to sail around the world


Just don’t have

the map

to find that boat.

Bob Small

first version 11-9-05

revised 11-21-05

revised 1-26-21

from our time in the South


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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