August 29th and more

August 29th and more


Michael Coard “Oppression has never changed as a result of civil and orderly discussion”   

August 29th, 2020 a Saturday in our time

and I tell myself all the reasons

a 71 yr old shouldn’t be at

a hot August demo

in hot August DC and

that hot August Demos

never change the world

or a state

or a county

or a city

or even or even-

August 29th, 2020 in DC

as proclaimed by the Reverend Al

as an echo of MLK

and that march

and wondering what will it take

for Police to stop killing Black people

as though they have a license to do just exactly that

or is being a Police person just exactly that

a license to – 

August 29th, 2020 in DC

and maybe some other, closer, spaces.

Maybe I could-

Maybe I could organize a Zoom Reading

about why we still have to

talk about all these

inequalities and why what we

marched and demoed for

marched and demoed for

back in the ancien sixties

still is too damn relevant.

When does this country get past this

or will we all just

slide into the sea

still having people

whose self-worth is tied up in

feeling they are better than someone else

feeling they are better than someone else

not because of who they are

but because of who they are not

August 29th, 2020.

Later today and into the night

there will be other thoughts to have,

other images to caress,

dogs to walk and words to read

dogs to walk and words to read

and other rants to have.

Non possmus ne loqui  “I cannot be silent”

Nor should you.



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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