Poems from previous years The War Remembered 3-18-07

The War Remembered 3-18-07  (revised 4-25-08)

(should be read out loud once I learn to use Youtube

and get the sound fixed on any of my computers and….)

Why I didn’t go to the Protest

Because there was ice and snow on the ground

Because there was no! in my heart

Because I don’t know

when one war ends and

another war begins

Because it really doesn’t matter when I go

Because I’ll go to the next one

                                       next year

                                       next war

Because  I give part of my life

to the few sacred places

where I might just maybe might might

make some change

make some change

Because it was 70 degrees and shining

and I’ve done it in nineteen 67

                                 nineteen 77

                                  nineteen 87

                                   nineteen 97

and will return again some time this year

precious precious year

All is not yet silence, yet

We collected around one hundred and close to

fifty signatures that day

for this was what we do

and always

and ever

This may not be how you

catch dreams

but this is how we

start the process

start the process

This is how we,

over and over,


(note; this was revised some what

hopefully for the better)

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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