Dream Van on Holme Avenue #2

DREAM VAN ON HOLME AVENUE #2

It was Thursday afternoons,

my memory tells me this,

and it was four o’clock,

though I only felt four

in the wintry time, bare hands clutching books,

and I was reading history

and Tod Moran, who was a child pirate

or something like that,

and Sherlock Holmes and Shakespeare

and maybe something about sports,

which I read more successfully then played,

and I would spend an hour there,

looking for this week’s dreams.

This was decades before I would turn twelve,

and discover the Beatles and girls

and politics and girls

and the sixties and girls

and other topics best left to other, older poems.

Forty years later I’ve created my own Bookmobile

where we live.

We read every night still trying to learn new dreams

and appreciations, and variations

of the old ones.

From the 1993 Anthology of

The Philadelphia Poetry Forum

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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