Maybe I don’t Understand

Maybe I don’t Understand



but a broken spirit drieth the bones*


Maybe I don’t Understand

what it’s like

to get minimum wage

in your 30’s, 40’s, 50’s

minimum wage=maximum rage

Maybe I don’t Understand


Maybe I don’t Understand

what it’s like to feel

that my whiteness is holding me back

watching all these “others”

going places I never will

Maybe I don’t Understand


Maybe I don’t Understand

what it’s like to live past hope

each day longer than forever

each night ends with a seat in a bar

or someplace just as cold, as far

Maybe I don’ t Understand


Maybe I don’t Understand

the need to need a Saviour

right now in this time and this place

on this planetary piece of dirt

and if the only Saviour is a Fuhrer, so be it

Maybe I don’t Understand


* From the Proverb

Pleasant Words are …Sweet to the Soul



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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