2008 Southern Trip the first day



This is the beginning of Poems from our 2008 Trip down South visiting her relatives.  This is the beginning of that particular odyssey starting May 16th, 2008.


2008 Southern Trip

the first day part 1


Breakfast at Vickie’s Restaurant


This was the time before the time
big breakfast
before we say good and bye to the pets
make sure everything electric is un and plugged
and go

This was the first step
of the last journey
we may do this way
gas prices combining
with the onset of age

This was a morning
Saturday May and sixteen
two hundred and one eight
Leaving Pennsylvania
for two and some weeks

We had our breakfast here
while the Swarthmore regulars floated
in out
in out
we lingered over coffee
then go-

6-11 revised 7-23


The book Store from 1985

This was from
back in the time
when bookstores had other names
not chains
before Barnes banned everyone else
before Borders made refugees
of indy book stores

This was from when a
Bookstore experience
was still a case of love at first or second look
when I still hadn’t read everything
before I stopped writing

This was a place where I could get
lost in the stacks
lost in the stacks
Civil War History
World War 1 History
World War II History
British Poets
Biographies of silent Film Stars
then some really obscure topics


This was a place that must only
still exist in the South
They had videos for sale, too
must of been out of eight tracks, though
the few bits of time I was there

It’s because of places like this
that I have a basement of unread books
that still
have the potential of being read
once I stop having so much of a
damn life
and start receding
start receding

there was not a Paula store in that there mall
one she might love equally as well as mine
a pet store, a health food store,
I didn’t say, a clothing store,
Because, she did come to get me,
and I hadn’t yet spent
a week there.

6-18 revised 7-23




That’s all the note says now
That’s all my mind says now
It was lunch first day out
the first of seventeen lunches on the road
the first time
to someplace we may never go again
shouldn’t there be a memor-
shouldn’t one of me know something

I had seafood,
she had soup and salad
it wasn’t busy and bad
it wasn’t full of folksy

there was noone there
I might possibly have dated
always a danger back home
always a danger back home

we had already pushed
the delete button
one hour after


Bob Small
revised 7-24



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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