2 jointed Poems Waiting for an Apocalypse and The Next Testament

Note; Am I the only one who sees connections between these two prophetic Poets?


Waiting for an Apocalypse
For Lamont B. Steptoe

Ten years after one apocalypse
6 months after the last
Pro posed Rapture
did not want to be trapped
un raptured un captured

Lamont spoke of a time to come, time to come
through his Apocalyptic lips
we wait wait wait
for days to end for days to end

9 1 1
plus ten plus end plus when?
plus time to write again
even if words have lost their power
we still must speak/ write/ wit-ness

are we the only ones seeing?
that Greenland is becoming green?
beachfront property in Iceland?
Rainstorms in Sahara?

Earthquakes where never before
floods and rain and rain
time to build an ark again
two of each and this time
and this time, don’t leave off the Unicorns!

Noone hears our penny prophets
our street seers, the old and new and
even newer testament testifiers,
no one in their time

It has been quiet tonight
like in the time of floods
fourty days and nights and days again
It has been quiet tonight
but for the Unicorns at our door
waiting…for us to ride out side

Bob Small
First version 9-13-11 first Poem in a while
revised after reading 9-14-11
revised after reading at J. Barrie Shepherd’s reading

The Next Testament
For Scott Norman

The newest Testamenter
Street screeemer
we celebrate our
Golden calf laugh golden calf laugh
for at least one more while

Noone named she
dares be a Prophet
no one ever was
we have not ears for her

The newest Testamenter
Dreams of water, dreams of fire
We go lower, she goes higher
We have not the right eyes for her

These words dare not be written
But sung! Shout! Scream!
The air will not publish them
The ground will not print them

These are the only words
Left to save us
right beneath our ears
right beyond our ears

These are the only words
The pavement, the blood, the silence
These were the only words
A light descends

Bob Small revised from last night
9-14 revised from listeing to J. Barrie Shepherd

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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