Still Here 8-26-16

Still here

In the still of the night-
Fred Parris and the Satins (1955)

Still in like after all these years
no, that’s not the word
what’s worth writing is that it’s still worth it
all this writing and fighting and loving and growing
and days and nights like a jukebox doo wop song

We each grow in different ways
This year I spent a whole lot of time avoiding Mr. Death
or his friend, Mr. Invalid
you were right by my side
not knowing which Mr. would become Mr. me
Now it’s your birthday again
and I’m feeling whole again
well, 90 percent and that’s a whole lot better
than most of the holes in my body felt this year
and I mean it when I say I love you

and I mean it when I say I love you
I couldn’t say it if it was lying
‘just cause I never did that well
probably saved me from a life of crime
but not from a life of rhyme

Bob Small
revised 8-26-16

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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