The First Museum of North American Protest

Maybe we should start

with the first Amerindians

wanting not to let in the warful

white man


Would we have a Mattachine/Daughters of Bilitis Room

to remember that not everyone

acceded and agreed, receded and agreed

in 1950’s safe amerika


Two four 6 8

Gay is just as good as straight

One 2 3 four

We don’t want your blanking war


How about a simulated Dean’s office

for all those taken over

when that meant something

when words and music were allowed to mean


A Washington background

with an open roof

so we can simulate rain snow heat

to the marches of the masses


On staff, we will have some

Muni cops

with sticks of night and cuffs for hand

and sprays to blinden and deaden


There should be some undercovers

grungy and mumbling

and readytopointyouout

when time is ripe


The battle in Seattle

Biodemocracy whenever it occurs

Protest Left, Protest Right

Protest time still moving


This will be a Museum

to remember when there was protest

when it was allowed

not just because it was meaningless


The First MNAP, of course

will lead to more

maybe a chain

maybe a memory

of when the times were more desperate

and fears made you act

not fear

to act


Bob Small

12-19-08 revised


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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1 Response to The First Museum of North American Protest

  1. mlp says:

    what a great poem. means so much especially today

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