1-6-21 d Teddy’s last call

1-6-21 d Teddy’s last call

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Could barely hear him

over the ripples of riots

words, screams, songs,

noises that could not be-

_______________________________________

Teddy wondered

if today was a new

founding

a dawn after dark night

__________________________________________

Then I thought

I heard him say

what his fears were

if they didn’t win

_______________________________________

What parts, what parts

of the Bill of Rights

would now be wrong

would now be wrong

____________________________________________

then loudness took over

and it sounded like a phone booth

‘cept that’s my and his time

his time, not the time of now

_______________________________________

We never finished

this talk

heard a voice say

come along, come along”

_______________________________

come along, come along

say good bye to your family”

then the phone went blank

try not to use the word dead

try not to use the word dead

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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