The Out of Breathless Night

The Out of Breathless Night


Thursday, the night of the wretched dual Operas

Mahogonny and The Medium meet David Lynch

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

and walking back from the the Theatre

to Suburban Station

I ranted all the way

to Paula

(did you think I was yelling at myself

in Philly I could be

noone would notice)

more about Opera Philadelphia,

then Curtis Opera Students

they were only students

trusting their elders to know better

trusting their betters


b) At Suburban Station

I realized I was not out of breath

not breathless

not stopping

halfway there

I realized all my walking with Alphie the Terrier

all my exercise

all my-

I felt good about feeling bad


  1. So I thank Paula

for helping me through this

though it’s what we do

or try to

as a couple

without thinking too much

without thinking


  1. Thursday Night I rantedalltheway and

was damn happy about it

RS 5/9/18

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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