Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity and St. Louis #2

Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity and St. Louis #2

03/22/83 version


Man I heard that you might be leaving

Woman There’s no oceans here. No rivers.

Man You knew that.

Woman I knew of it. What seemed so precious, like shimmering me tals
is only a stone, rough in hue, of no particular edge.

Man I thought we had a pledge-

Woman We had a certain time to spend.

Mine has woven; Now it ends.

Don’t you get tired of the wall. It’s always the same.

Man It’s mutable; you just don’t see it. As you.

As you don’t see me seeing you. I still have strands-

Woman And so it stands.

You have not let the full of me leave you.

I must de part
By parts

Man But if you leave me, to sail to other shores-

Woman Nothing less, a piecemeal more.

You’ll a ha pence better be

not a tup pence worse

with your beef and city side walk verse

Man I thought you liked me being lyrical

Woman Not at breakfast, dear. Over Jams and Jellies.

Man I thought I was your Lochin var. Your errant knight-

Woman Most of one’s nights are spent in errors

in someone else’s errors

in someone else’s mirrors

Man But I saved you from-

Woman Are we Japanese now. I owe my life to you so I owe you

all the nights of my life. You were very fine when you

were. It’s no longer your time.

Man They don’t make maidens like they used to.

Are you then a Sailorette?

Woman I have seen the De La Ware, with it’s murky waters,

uncombed bound bodies, and dead fish. I have seen the

streets till they stifle my wings. I would not die here.

Not where trollies reign supreme, where one expires from

slow ero sion, hac ked and torn, till the age sets in.

I have places.

Man I’ve never been to St. Louis.

Woman Go then there. I’ll meet you by the Arch.

4’o clock on a Saturday, in a January.

If I’m not there, join the waters without me.


Off the bottom of my head-3-22-83

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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