In twenty years, none of this
is gonna matter
anyone here remember the Sputnik
in twenty years, it won’t bloody matter
who got to play who’s the fool
in twenty years
Anyone here remember the Electric Prunes
Camh Ran Bay
Do I remember Georgianne, Norma,
Kristine, Carol, Joan
who said drunken what to whom, why
who still has my collected works of Faulkner
and still can’t read them
In twenty years
whether I’m a drunk
or just a alley garden variety madman
won’t matter to the common man or woman
lying in the street
and whether you were naïve, or righteous
a harlot or a handout
will be less of history
than Tommy Eagleton’s crying in the
rain in Maine
rain in Maine
George Romney’s brain bein’ washed
Michael Jackson’s victory tour
or the nineteen eighty two NFL Strike
all of it,
including any supposed love we shared.
will just be part of common culture
consigned to the memory of those few
who knew us
as we sit in the Poets Old age home
Poets old age..
(will Lamont quit reading Something Broke Loose)
Someone, Barbara probably, might mention you
Was that ’82, ’83, oh yeah I remember
that was the year
Doctor J and the Sixers beat the Lakers
remember that 6th game
Dawkins on Jabbar
Revised on 9-19-10
From 10-4-87 For Food Festival
decided not to update it
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.