The Covid Cafe #16 How many

The Covid Cafe # 16   How many

For friend and Poet Lamont B. Steptoe

How many

unwritten

novels

operas

poems

How many

blank

canvases

How many Orfeos

who have lost their

Euridices

and willing to go to Hades

to recover him/her

willing to go to Hades

to join him/her

we only have this one life

only one

only

we may only have one love

if lucky

and

2

Let’s refrain from the word

Death

let’s find another word

less

honest

true

final

real

3

I/We

have already

lost so many

to the bad choices

made by good people

to the bad choices

made by good people

and now even the air

has been weaponized

4

Having lost lovers

whose

breath

stopped

whose

heart

stopped

whose-

is there any reason

at all

to remember

who we can

never

forget

until we go

until we go

and time

eventually

forgets

us

5

Let us say

some words

loudly

sing a song

bang a drum

make noise like a child

who doesn’t yet know

who doesn’t yet know

we should all

go

quietly

 

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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