More from 9-21-2012-Montreal Poems

Note;  These are Poems from May 2011 in Montreal

initially revised in 9-21-2012 and reviewed/revised now


More from 9-21-2012

Then they stopped

Last night
I heard
moaning noises
seeming to come
seeming to come
from the
from the outside,
the kind of
noise report that
in the tidy town of Swarthmore
I would ventured out to see have
or thought to
or thought to

in South Philly
on the other knife hand
one would wonder
but not wander

Here, in deepest Montreal
(as opposed to Deppest Montreal)
Here, it interrupted my dreams
punctuated my
dotted my repose

dotted my repose
with what? Worry or
worry or sorrow or
or just make the moaning stop

was it French then?
did that matter?
is there a language barrier
to compassion
to pain

Last night I heard moaning noises
then they stopped

Bob Small from 9-21 revised 5-19 revised 5-27
Then they stopped revised 6-15-13



Every twenty years

Every twenty years
we go to
Next time
I must learn French

How long
before I learn new words

How long
before the parts of me
that can still bloom
are allowed to

Would a Frenchman in Swarthmore
give the same excuse
would he dare

I am trying to learn German
before Hamburg in October

revised 5-30-12


End of a Poem from which
the beginning is inexcusable
and besides which I lost it

4) I am sitting here
how long
I wait
and wait

5) Ideas come and flicker
like snippets of lost silent films
from geniuses of that time
forgot now
like the rock and roll goddesses
music untracked
from 8 track tapes

6) I am caught
in the falling crevices
of an ancient art form
that only matters
to some few of us
too foolish to know
too foolish to know
we are dreamers
we are dreamers
we are past

7) I write in notebooks
trying to remember
what I lost
in the last broken word processor

8) Right now at this instant
Right now at this instant
I am saving by computer
though I do not trust it
I do not know it
Will I ever Blog

9) As I said at the beginning
……… well that wasn’t very important
as we swim into the sky
leaving words to drop onto rooftops
and rooftops and rooftops
English ones in Montreal
French ones in Philly
German and Russian in Swarthmore…

1) I will tell you again
I write for the ages!
or only for myself
whichever it is
I continue to write
without the knowledge to quit!

Bob 5-30 revised 6-14-2013




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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