What we cannot do-Poem and explanation

Crime & Safety

from next door Swarthmore

Your neighborhood + 34 nearby.
The Illegal Stop Sign
Robert Small, Swarthmore · The Illegal Stop Sign Around 4:30pm today, we were crossing Yale Avenue at Rutgers, walking towards town, with one of our canines. Because a white car was racing towards us, in the direction of Route 320, I brought up the stop sign that I have been using, so that we could cross. As he stopped, I realized this was a Swarthmore Police car, without a siren being used, and we were then told that I could be cited for illegal use of a stop sign, which carries a $150 fine. I brought up the very real possibility of cars not stopping at the pedestrian crossing, which has happened too many times. I then asked what should we do if a car refused to stop. He remained silent. We have been using the stop sign precisely because many drivers act as though they do not understand what a Pedestrian crossing means. Work is just starting this week on traffic calming measures at this intersection, but in a fairly slow manner. Complaints have been presented to Swarthmore Borough Council over the past few years by many residents, in order to procure these traffic calming measures. Should I risk a fine or my life?

What we cannot do

Crossing the street
at the Pedestrian Walkway
white stripes
permission granted

Crossing the street
on Rutgers, crossing Yale
as though we have a right to do this
as though we can

Crossing the street
What level of citizen must we be
to cross this freely
who should we know

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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