72 day 7

72 day 7

Meeting the ghosts of my parents again

the past, now present for my birthday

gloom, doom, room


My father

at the top of the drunken steps

grim-faced as war

as she tumbled





Thinking then

of the secret apartment

near Pennypack

where her and lover D

did meet,

most of us knew,

that’s what women did in the 1950’s


most of us being

their sons

meeting in the woods

smoking and-


not that it mattered

D was ‘posed to be

the old man’s best friend, not

best fiend

not that it mattered


My mother

I surmised

never wanted a husband to love her

my father

I mean

she only wanted to leave

her burning house


the scream house in South Philly

pre PSTD brother

Dyke sister

and the oldman with

a hammer for hands

a hammer

in his hands

None of this is her words

All of this

are her thoughts


This is how I met America

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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