49th Street remembered Ted of a woman he was passionate of in a time long ago. A black woman, not that it mattered, (he would call her Afro-Philadelphian now) who was strikingly beautiful but with a paralysed hand that made her skittish around men, men she feared would….He had told her that the hand didn’t matter to him. It was true, he looked at her legs in anticipation, her thin breasts, her smooth necks, her red lips……She either saw something in him he didn’t know about or she saw that in all men that showed interest in her. She could of had him but he necer could of had her. He wondered….
“Ted, are we ready for all of this?”
“We have our signs, I have a camera, you have some sandwiches, I have a notebook and pen, One of us has the cell phone and-“
“And what, and how does it matter if Ted and Mary protest Gore’s Wars, as part of maybe 1,000 people at Philly’s City Hall, how does it matter. At least when George Bush leads an anti-war rally in Texas, even if everyone thinks he’s only become anti-war due to losing-
Mary, I don’t know you but we’re going there too, me and my sig other, and we believe our presence is important, every grain of sand on a beach makes-
Jim, you really shouldn’t jump into someone’s conver-
Jim, my name is Ted and she’s Mary and I think I speak for both of us, always a dangerous statement, in that we’re always welcome to meet some fellow agitators.”
During this time, we discover Jim’s sig other is Martha and they live in Media. more to follow.
Meanwhile, Ted is trying to remember if his fictional character is Jim or Joe and whether that matters. It will remain unwritten, if not unthought. Time to get ready to get off at the stop after this.
At 30th Street, one-third of the train disembarks and all conversation ceases or may as well have. Noone can even hear their thoughts.
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.