No exit no entrance

In twenty years, none of this

goddamn stuff

is gonna matter

anyone here remember the Sputnik

Jayne Mansfield

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

you know

remember that 6th game

Dawkins on Jabbar

Revised on 9-19-10

From 10-4-87 For Food Festival

decided not to update it


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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