In Church on Columbus Night #1

Columbus Day celebrates discovery
So be it.

Let us not enter here as

though Anthopologists

but as searchers

let minds be open

to the difference.


After we were introduced in the anteroom

as the Pennsylvania relatives

we settled in.


Quakers wait for the silence to descend

music of the now

speaking of what is

and was

and what they believe will always be

Not Bach

Not Rutter

but music of here and now

but here the music descended

to hear right now

clear right now


Sung from the heart

to try and reach the soul.

Trying to sail

past where the charts once led,

past maps end.

Then there was the Preacher

speaking of many thing

yet speaking of only one

telling many stories

yet thinking only one

finding many ways

to speak-

saying only the one story.


Peering through the telescope

for the unkown land.


the silence-

Closed my eyes.

As if in a Quaker house.


When I saw again

knew that many were

speaking to Jahweh

in their own ways.

These are not my ways

but I am not to say

there are right or wrong ways

for this conversation.


The earth is big and round,

there is much to discover

there is much to learn,

I do not know

where earth ends

and the new world begins

or what the New World

might be called.


some conversations had ended earlier

some continued after we left

How can one know the world

when one only knows one’s

piece of the world?

How can one speak of knowing

The Way

when one only knows of one way.

How can we learn

if we only listen

to our own silence.

How can we learn

if we know

the Earth is flat

and we will fall

if we sail too far?

1st revision

Bob Small


revised 1/26/21


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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