Tales Mumia Told Me from 8-18-95

Tales Mumia Told Me

To Scott Norman


Two epigrams of mine-

Noone becomes a hero by living a long life.

August 18th was the scheduled date.

In my Poetry, it remains the scheduled date.


After the exe cut i on

After the axe e cut i on

After the electro cutting

There was a silence

as though Jahweh must cough

before he smote.


Maureen Faulkner may sleep well tonight

(though Shannon Faulkner won’t)

Albert Sabo may sleep well tonight

Thomas Ridge may sleep well tonight

The rest of us

who can feel

anger and fear

anger and fear

anger and fear

and remember who Reverend Martin Neihmoller was

may not touch


while the earth vibrates


If they come for me at night

they will come for you in the morning-

Kevin Brown


The FOP has it’s white-faced spokesmen MEN

screech the need for this death, for his death.

The CP looks around for another flag to wave

choose whatever the FOP is against,

it will be a safe choice

Pam and all the other Africas

will tire of seeking justie

will seek a safe place to go

will call themselves a Militia

and then they wil

be left alone


Some Poets will scream Apocalyptic

Some Poets will cry for a dead Saint

Some Poets will merely cry

and try to find another trial to

write and writhe about,

maybe the Orphans Melendez….

or whoever is on trial now


A Little blood goes a long way-

Nancy Niemczek (remembering demonstrations)

Myron + Nancy, Robin + Terry, Bob Smith + others

After the death

not by crucifixion

but due to a fiction

what used to be Penn’s city

(he cast it off,

from his seat in the clouds)

what used to be Penn’s city

(before he saw what it became)

what used to be Penn’s city

lay in a big fat fog of silence

a frog of silence

a wreath of mourning

like someone important died,

Angelo Bruno, Mickey Mantle,

or Elvis Presley.


Light rain fell in stages

almost like Jahweh crying

Jahweh crying crying

later would rifles cry

guns also might weep

and blood would be warm and worn

on many, many streets

some that rarely knew blood

some that rarely dreamed blood

some that hardly knew….


To be fair

very little of this action

had anything to do with Mumia

To be fair

there was the heat and, always,

general air of accepted violence.

To be fair

the reasons did not matter

to the newly dead.


Come join Uncle John’s Band

by the riverside

got some things to talk about

down among the rising tide-

Grateful Dead


After the death

a group in silence gathered gathered

gathered outside the governor’s mansion

on Second street in Harrisburg

cowled in dark but not in black

on second street in Harrisburg

Standing in a knife-like silence

all day

then left as rain fell on the


come mournfully dancing in

come mournfully dancing in

Not a word was said

but many were heard.


Mumia has planned for August 18th, 1995

for many years.

He has to.

We all have to dream,

to get through our lives.

our lives where dreams go to die.


the time and trials will go on

and though someone should spite the devil

and tell the truth

noone will

noone will


it remains a sad and lonely time

and the marches continue

in Berlin, London. Harrisburg and


and Mumia gets older

and time has reversed again

and it’s really 1959

and things are just beginning to happen

and noone knows it

and this time

this time

this time

we will, finally, get the revolution right.

Bob Small 8-15-95 from 8-3-95

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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