Rejection is a part of life-see Poem

 This was one of the poems rejected with

my first Literary submission in a few years

I personally thought it was good, but…

 

Planning to send out one submission per week, however

 

In a Resto Bar in Altona

 

It was a Resto Bar in deepest Altona

it was rainy, very Hamburgian

We wanted soup and a place where English

if not spoken, was not totally

disregarded

 

On the way back to our soup

right out of the Herrs and Frauliens rooms

stood a cigarette machine

from deepest nineteen fifties

America

 

There were twenty brands listed

as a recovering smoker

I only looked for scientific interest

at some brands I would now never smoke

wistfully

 

Adjacent to the cancer stick dispenser

was a picture of blissful

outdoor dining which

Hamburg would not have in the continual

rain

 

From the dining to the machine

one distant from the other

I stood and remembered what a cigarette

smelled tasted and inhaled like, then

walked

on

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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