The one good dream I had of my father

The one good dream I had of my father


Last night

last night

I dreamt I was back in his company again

working with the oil seals and bally bearings

maybe listening to Navy Football on my transistor

if it was  a a Saturday


I walked down to the break room

which there never was


but this is my dream

and I’ll put one in if I feel like

and talked with the other employees

none of whom were related to my father

all of whom knew that


I walked down to talk to them

cadged a smoke

that was back when smokes were cadged

and we talked about something

just because it was something to do


I don’t remember lunch

at the hole in the wall hoagie place

at the intersection of decrepit and

Frankford Avenue

or maybe decrepit and Torresdale

but we must of gone there

because we always do

my father and me


that was what we did


At the end of the day

and the end of the dream

he paid me

as he always did

and maybe it was fifteen

And I looked to him

and said the money doesn’t matter today

because you’ve been dead a long long time

and I’m somebody else now

who’s woken up

and choose my own life


from last night’s dream  3-19-13

revised 3-28-13





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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