Monday in the Birmingham Restaurant

in the Birmingham Restaurant

It was a Monday in October ’03
my only memory of Alabama
where it doesn’t feel fear
even if I did just then remember
the nickname Bombingham

It was Monday in October ’03
we’d drive off to Birmingham
for some Museum or some damn fool Sculpture Garden
we’d got in in our
touristy minds to see

Turns out Birmingham
was mighty like Philly
closed at certain times
their time bein,
our only time bein’ there

Found the fish house
from some book or something
Catfish like you can only get in the South
just like only Philly makes cheesesteaks
Catfish just gotta have a Southern drawl if they are gonna be right

Turns out our waitress
who owns a name I remembered for one and one half
was someone from our neckbone of the

Turns out
She was from Liddonfield Housing Project
and Abraham Lincoln High School
and If I hadn’t lusted after her
I damn well should have

Realized this Cathouse
was just as black and white
just as black and white
as any neighborhood food place in Phiily
they even spoke here ‘bout Black Mayors

Someday when there’s time
when I retire again
doin’ it right
not doing nothin’
I want to visit all the someplaces I barely been to
all those someplaces I know must exist

Some few days in Birmingham
taste what it’s like to
stay and visit
winter summer won’t matter
come some time to stay
without holdin’ any thing I think I know

1-22-06 Bob Small

revised again 1-7-13

revised again 8-5-13

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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