Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, infinity, and St. Louis #12

Duet for Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, and St. Louis #12



It’s a shame we can’t be lovers.


You could taste my skin

lick my bones

sweeten your tongue
on my fierce flesh
but you

couldn’t love me


Isn’t that the truth of love

the hair and tooth of love

swallowing sweat

drinking silence


That’s me as an object

a subject of your mind

I can’t be kith or kin or

kindling for your words

I can at least be kind


Be kind then and be not gentle

and spray your love up on me

give me flesh and give me fantasy

as though I’m he you were so fond of


And if we never touch but hands
will your affection fade and break
like the little figurine I dropped
of oldest greenest jade


I will still friend and follower be
you know I wait on shore
for every dawn your ship returns
knowing friend and nothing more


I would be common to you then
another sick sex friend
to show your mastery at moving
others to your end


I would not sing about it
noone has to know

that you one night desired
to have your desires shown
have me on a tri al basis
with a written guarantee
if not completely satisfied
I’ll still your groupie be


Why don’t you just ad mit it

I’d be another name

You’d love me for your passion time

and then I’d be the same

for I’d hate you after loving

that you truly do inspire

and I’d come at you

with claw.and daggar

when passion lostit’s fire


I guess your silent wings

will not beat upon my face

and I need not dream of you

in leatherlove or lace

and I am only friend to you

though you’re better than the other

who threw screams and silence at me

I remembered her of mother


I’ll have another glass of wine
more wood uoon the fire
tell me more of Poetry
and nothing of desire


I guess it isn’t yesterday

when everything could be

I guess you’re right as rigid rain

why do you have to be


I do not want a lover

who I will hate in time

I’d rather have you as a friend

who waits on me with wine


It’s yet another series

on dreams, daemons, and eyes

I brought a few

I’ll read them now

I guess

this is the time

from 12/29-re-done and typed, on 12/31/83/in honor of the

fabulous Roni Chernin fabulous New Year’s Eve Party

kind of sickly classical

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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