No More Memorial Days Poem Entry

No More Memorial Days


For Bob Smith and Brandywine


When do the shadows lift

the mist of war

the myth of war

let’s miss the next war

When comes Peace dom

a time to think and create

a time for smiles and arms

to hold another

in love and lust

not the time for the rememory

what it felt like

to have two arms

what it felt like

to have two legs

What if felt like

to have a head that worked


2)  Why don’t we honor

our Peace Soldiers

Soldiers of Peace

guns don’t keep peace

people do

guns don’t keep peace

people without guns do 

guns don’t keep peace 

guns keep us from peace 







3)  Let’s have a day then

to visit the graves of

the soldiers of peace

be he named Mahatma Gandhi

or not 

be he named Bayard Rustin

or not

be he named  Martin Niemoller

or not

be she named Jane Addams

or not

Be they names only in our history

Bob Anthony to Cecil B. Moore

Bob Simpson to Lillian Willoughby


Let us then remember their days and lives


or hot dogs and baseball games

they have their times

they have their times 


Let us have the speaking

that says if war is the answer

we’re asking the wrong question

Let us use words

at one time

Let us use our presence

at one time

Let us not fear jail

it’s only another place to spend time


Let us stand against

the corridors of death

Let us stand against

the skyscrapers of bloody dollars

pounds euros

Let us stand against

any monuments to murder

Let us be like the White Rose 

knowing not fearing death

is the only true way to live


4)  The next day after

Our Memorial Day

let us not return

to being the same as the day before

                the same as the day before

Let us become the new person needed 

losing our fears and our reluctance

choosing to become 


For the days

we can let others

write our history

are gone 

For the days

we can let others

write our future are gone

For the days

we should wait

for our leaders

to declare Peace

are gone

The days we can wait

for this long nights journey unto death

unto ever more deaths

must be gone



now and forever


Let us declare Peace


Let us declare Peace



first draft and then this on Memorial Day 2013


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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