The Fire # 2-To John Brodsky

The Fire #2

To John Brodsky

(Note; In the process of rereading The Old Testament)


The older I get
the older I get
The more I remember about things I can’t change
places and faces
places and faces
I can’t go back to
I can’t return to-

You have known me for twenty and five of those years
First from your Castle, now more modest but not less joyous
how do we approach age without expired dreams
how do we create more words to remember
more worlds to remember

As one more year
and yet another
I do not fear the sound of age
I find I have time and days
when I can choose what to do
and if nothing is the choice
I can do a little of that, a smidgen, a bissel

I was not on Facebook today, nor Linked-In, nor twitter
Are the Computer Gods angry with me
Will thunder come out while I sit here
a fire from the computer screen
or are these Gods as false as Baal

Revised 3-7-17

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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