Falling off the Cliff-last rant of 2012

Fallin’ off the cliff


(In the style of the

Late Jerome Robinson)


Let’s not be talking ‘bout the fiscal cliff

How about the fracking cliff

the global warming cliff

the bears running out of ice and

hurricanes where they never were before cliff

the ain’t hardly no more union jobs cliff

the endless endless war cliff

the lets have the US make enemies

in nations that ain’t even heard of us cliff


Don’t be worryin’ ‘bout Wall Street

Wall Street is Hell Street

and it’s getting too damn hot for Der Teufel himself

Don’t be planning fundraisers for the Pentagon

the octagon, the octopus has tentacles all around

and if they run out of nowhere to go high school grads

he might look younger

hell he might even find a way find a way

to use all them prisoners we keep accumulating

why pay for them when they

can do a dying job for us, a killing job for us


What about the Media cliff

when was the last time you heard truth from them

when was the first 


when did Cable news become a

 another word for fiction, for opinion

when did our newspapers stop reporting the news

maybe news stopped happening

maybe we all have equal rights

and none are left behind

its all repeat and repeat and

 groundhog day again again and again

As Yogi Berra said

“its déjà vu all over again”.


When did Poetry fall off the cliff

and why didn’t anyone tell us

when did art and money become interchanged

meaning no change at all

can anyone still rage against the machine

can they

does it matter

and can we go to our local Moneyplex

and not see blood, guns, and explosions

I go to the movies

to get away from my life in Swarthmore



But most of all

what about the lack of leadership cliff?

Two names one party

Two names one party

we have fallen off the duopoly cliff.

have we fallen and can’t get up

or won’t get up


In November

Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein ran

for President with

cough cough alternative parties

but we can’t ever look at someone

who might spoil the spoilers we elect

and elect to finish second

we can’t elect to look around past all the cliffs

we’re much better off

just getting to the cliff

and jumping, jumping, jumping-


Bob Small

12-6-12   revised 12-8-12

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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2 Responses to Falling off the Cliff-last rant of 2012

  1. Rich says:

    Bob, this is awesome! Best thing I’ve read in a long time – and I mean better than all the news, opinions, poems, editorials, etc. I hope you plan to send it to the Delco Times. Maybe for their Christmas Day issue?

  2. Chris Gradel says:

    Well done. Wishing your rant goes viral and maybe something will change.

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