Save me the Reggae

Save me the Reggae (Save me the Waltz-Zelda)

The dogs are having their morning coffee

breaking the ring of sleep

This is not a poem about you,


politically correct you

I dreamt ’bout California

last night,

do dreams have wings,

I dreamt ’bout California

where I once was

a brief fleeting instant

actually a month


less than that

time is all

in the present

for me

do dogs know of time

I wonder

does it matter

I wonder

for an urban hound

who does not have a watch

but watches

who guards the yard

from two dollar prowlers

California was like a fondue

for me

My ex-wife made fon dues

and I tried to tell her

once in a while was okay

but no one

had fon dues daily

as a



I tried to tell her things

she, like I,

never listened

to anyone else’s dream

This Poem

went from dogs to California

to an ex-wife to

politically in correct food

Like fon due

this Poem had no substance

In the Marxist Poetry workshop

It would be marked bourgeious

and scattered

which it is

but, at least,

this was not a Poem

a bout you

from 6/9/84-Bob Small-7/17/84

From one of the 1984 issues of Heat Magazine,

A Poetry Publication in which I was one fifth or one sixth of the Editors including

Peggy Carrigan

Roni Chernin

Mary Gabriele

Aaren Perry

Chris Peditto

Lamont B. Steptoe

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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