Houses are just remembered

Note; Does this apply to Detroit next?

 

Houses are just remembered

Any place
where dreams are destroyed
no one there
shoulda been dreaming
noone in New Orleans
noone in Meridian
surely
noone in Jackson, Mississipp

it wasn’t as bad as Biloxi
not nearly
as bad
as New Or le ans
maybe only one in five
became a
former residence
even when homeless
this is still my home
“where are you from
that you don’t
understand this”
“who are you to say
I should lose my dreams
I should tear up
my memories
like old, dead, newspapers”

I will remember this
in the same way and place
in the same taste and place
as I remember May 16th, 1985
when two blocks of Osage Avenue
in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania

when two blocks of Osage Avenue
became two blocks of Past

and most of the outrage
was lost
never to be seen again

None of our relatives in Jackson or Meredian
had trees land on their houses
noone we somewhat knew
had to leave and know
there was no back to go to
noone was homeless
without some home
they could eventually
find
noone we knew
was in such a state
that we would be
beyond words

Jackson will recover
as the Buie house
goes from Bed and Breakfast
to universal university property
as The State Museum
gets a roof a gain
as the winter becomes spring
and spring becomes summer
and heat becomes the
unspoken word
everything becomes as it was except-
it really won’t be the same
not the dreams not the lies.

From 2-26-a few lines from 2-15-08

reviewed 7-19-13 with a change here and there

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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