Geographies of Life and Death-based on art by John McCleod

Geographies of Life and Death
John McCleod
Wood, marble, and stone

How much do I remember
How much do  I think
I remember
How much is lost in the time
it takes to

This resembles a forest
which I remember
from when I resembled a boy
and wanted to feel
and wanted to feel
 all the
 wild things
that the forest held

This was 1959
and I had no idea then
no idea then
what wild was
10 years later

This resembles
the forest
where I met
deer and men
deer and men
the deer
never approached me
not in that way

This resembles
the forest
I used to find myself in
when I wanted to find myself
when I wanted to lose myself
when I wanted to say something
but didn’t know what

When I was a boy
and unformed
and wondered who my real parents were
like most boys did
like most boys did
and wondered just how famous I’d become
like most boys do
like most boys do

and wondered how long I’d live
and if the journey
or the destination
if the journey or destination
was most

Remembering the art?

revised 8-28-2013 as complete as anything gets

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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