Words that must be said

Note; I’m aware of Gunter Grass and 

his history but that doesn’t change the 

truth of his Poem

Words that must be said


These are words that must be said

whether only by me to me

or to an audience of only a few only a few

leafing through their Poems, not listing

waiting to say  their words that must be said


Criticizing Israel cannot be anti-semitic

any more than any more than

criticizing  Vatican crimes, Vatican crimes

be they  Inquisitionary or child predatory

must these words anti-Catholic  be


There are words that must be said must be said

whether in Russia’s nineteen oh five, or ours.

 whether in Germany’s nineteen thirty three.  Or ours. 

whether in our eighteen fifty six.  Or theirs.

whenever evil speaks to no reply….



Who spoke out then against our Blacklist

Who did. Who was heard. Who was silenced.

Who have we never heard from again.

Why do we not have statues for Paul Robeson?

but that’s for another Poem, for another dream.


We must speak out against the silence, against the violence

we who want an Israel always to be, always to be

must speak out against those who would destroy it 

by enforcing  a state of perpetual war, eternal death,

thinking blood will save Israel, not destroy it.


It must be said, mayhap as an Old Testament Prophet would

thundering down from the mountains, scattering the settlers,

scattering the settlers, saying the Palestinians are my people, too

if Jehovah there be, if Jehovah there be

these are words that must be said




These are my words that must be said

even to a few

to me and you and you and you- and to the wind

these are words that must be said

though noone listens, though noone-



Bob Small 4-6-12

Revised 5-30-13

in response to Gunter Grass Poem

What Must be Said

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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