Darkness cannot drive out Darkness

1-6-21 i


Darkness Cannot drive out Darkness

1-6-21 i

Darkness cannot drive out Darkness.

Only light can do that,

Rev. Raphael Warnock,

newly elected Ga. Senator

quoting Martin Luther King


As we circle around today

to the annual

MLK Day of Protest

Oh wait it’s service

that he was known for

if that was the only he did

then they shot the wrong person

Atlanta, Montgomery, Washington, DC

Memories of a time

of aspiration


2-I was never black

never will be

have not been minoritized

in that way

for the skin I wear

have feared Police

but not expectedly

not daily

have walked on city streets at night

always expecting

to walk my way home


3-The 1-6-21 Patriots

think they have so little

think they have so little

that they have to celebrate their whiteness

’cause it’s all they have

’cause they somehow earned it

’cause it makes them better

makes them bitter

that Blacks are no longer their Slaves


4-Maybe we need a new Union Army

a Rainbow Army

a black and whites together army-

but we must tell ourselves

guns invite us to the darkness

no matter

how we dress it up and dream it.

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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2 Responses to Darkness cannot drive out Darkness

  1. Chris Gradel says:

    These poems 1/6/2021 really touched my heart Bob. People who don’t care especially

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