The Popcorn Palaces


Popcorn palaces

I remember the popcorn palaces

of the late 1950’s

The Mayfair, The Merben, the-

Saturday Matinees at The Mayfair, the Merben

the 1950’s before the 1960’s

when I slowly left safety

left safety to enter public HS reality

I should never have gone

to a place like that where every extreme-

I found every extreme

I could gain entrance to

and some doors that should have been closed

some doors that should of been closed

that I thought made me an adult

not someone abused by an adult


I still hold memories

of adventure serials

of cowboy film saturdays

Cowboy film saturdays

seeing them now

should of stayed in that reality

could not of stayed in that reality

time for drugs, booze and

sex of all kinds

sex that was not kind

at fourteen, fifteen, twelve

what did I know

what did I know

should of known more

then to trust an adult with my-


There was a time

I swear there was time

between the introverted kid

between the introverted kid

reading Lamb’s Shakespeare

and going every Thursday

and going every Thursday

to the bookmobile

and Gene and Roy on Saturday

and Gene and Roy on Saturday

my movie friends

there was a next step

there was a next step

that was waiting for me to find

instead I fell down


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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