Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, and St. Louis #9

Duet for Man ,Wo man, Birth, Death, In fi ni ty and St. Louis #9


In saracen nights I held you

the breathless love

of the

emotionally disabled


In hot suck ling morenings

I held you

whispering you to orgasm so you

could smoke a cigarette


In cotton af ter noon times
I_ missed Gen ral Hospital
for you

for the moment of your love

for the
love of your moment
for a

penny’s worth of passion


And I tell you yes
it’s the wine

it’s never you
who bears no fruition
who roars like a lamb
then lies down


And I tell you of

forever love

in alabaster lies

and scented

Cah li for nia

Ver de nelles

of ever las ting

skies. The seas are made of your sil ver


And don’t you speak of your other

as though I

wish to know

your strumpet solo

like a trum pet so lo

like a train

whose pale feet you threw yourself un der

beg ging her to walk

She wouldn’t


But I write poems of you

of 20 ways

to say love

to spray


how you clutter up my mind

like loose grafiti


And you try and

cover me with words

lucious me with i mages

trying to live a mo vie

till yours

comes to your

lo cal

neighbour hood theatre

I could be dead and smellin’ up the place

you’d still leave me there

for her in side moves


But you

are the real tomorrow

I’ve been sear ching for

The young one I’ve been

rest less ly lusting for

all my life

In General

In Days and Edges

In Nights

from hos pi tals and

alley beds

From here to Port Charles


I heard you have

made love to me

I want a sworn affadavid

I want it note

and chord a rized

I want a wit ness


But you’re al ways
who I end up with


Like rotting eggs

end up with

gar bage rolls


But you’re special to me-


Only when I’m here

(and there isn’t the other)


I think of you-

when I don’t think of some one



Do you try and touch me

lonely nights

in the darkened shower

Am I good then

ful filling


Much better than
in life


I am

much better than life

than your life


I am

what lies be fore you

I am your last chance


I’ve had chances be fore

I’ve had choices be fore

from anisette to Thunderbird

bee lieve I’ll pass on this one


I won’t come ’round a gain

I’ll go out the door

and won’t stop for

mor ning


Give her your best
It never was mine


I only lied a



Only in matters of the heart, soul, flesh, and

fresh fetis hes

Only that you chose to use me

Only that I choose

to be the usen

Only that-
there was only that

It doesn’t matter
Only in matters

Duet -from a Sea Isle City-Bob Small-08/05/83

Some observations

Because of changing from scanning to word to wordpress,

some of the line spacing etc is different than the original

also this was about soap operas

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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