Unbitten Dreams

(The title’s stolen from a phrase of Roni Chernin. The setting
is probably Cafe Bacchanal. This is another bar room sequence,possibly between two men but then again This may serve as a pre-
lude to the Bacchanal Papers by Barbara Sheehan. Actually,the Bacchanal Papers will stand on it’s own, when completed.)

For purposes of giving the characters names (I stole these from
Barbara Sheehan (I’m an equal opportunity thief) I’ll call these
characters Bob Puddle and Bob Little)

BP

Hey, Little, you’re not back in the sixties, man.

BL
Sure, but dig it-

BP

Dig it?

BL

Validities don’t change. Realities remain. Dead prisoners are
still dead prisoners, American soldiers in a shattered land are still

BP

That’s your mask, man. The hippie soul still flies.

BL

Hey, cuz, I was as were, as am, as will be. I may lie about
lovers but nothing important.

BP

Will you get rewarded in old fart Ginzberg’s heaven for
spending time, you think, on souls. For not getting laid.

Will you reincarnate as a stud.. Eat, drink, and meet Sharon for
next Tuesday at 2 in the jejune morning-

BL

Don’t quote me against myself!

BP

At least you’re quoted, noted, if not bloated with devotees.

I can talk like you write, don’t know why I would: Hey, you’re

Broadway Bobby Little. Face it, Little, you just want people

to put your name someplace, just as long as they spell it right-

BL

I didn’t misspell your name. The Xerox’s machine’s ego-

BP

No, mannn. They’re spellin’ your name right. Some heres,
some theres, nothing to get rich and vicious over but, hey,
you’re gonna be a mini-star.

BL

Let’s get back to peg one. I’m not a child of the psychotic time-
warp. I’m not this soul of indes gressions, the messenger of
failed missions, and lucre’ s nice but ain’t my ambition. All
circles close. Or they ain’ t circles.

BP (sung)

(Will the Circle be un bro ken

By and By Lord By and By laughing). Can I carry your

story to the rest of the universe

BL

I’ll probably die on a Chestnut Street grate at the age of 55.

But that won’t matter. We’ll all be branch libraries for

worms our covers not mattering. But it’s what we seek to seek-


BP

Hey, Little, you scare me, man. Here’s fifty cents, go put
some rock and roll and rolling rock, on our thirsty souls. Go
shoot three games at the Dolly Parton machine.

BL

Just let it all go, let the issues die, then-

BP

To quote you again, my almost friend, who’ll, read you, when
you’re a library for worms?

BL

If it all ends- in nothing, why bother?

BP

Yes, that’s the crux and cross of it, the net and loss of it, the-

BL

Don’t try and be me. I mean I don’t want to be me-If it
doesn’t matter, then that’s why you do it, for the doing.
I wanna sleep real well on that grate on Chestnut Street.
There’s really no reason. There just is the is.

BP

Go play the jukebox. Get away from me.

BL

Wait. I haven’t finished. I haven’t taught you. I mean
where does a guru go if noone follows.

Original also undated. Probably from April 9/20/84. who cares?

Probably very self-serving and indulgent. It’s a hard job but someone has to do it.

Bob Small from 9-20-84

By the way, the other Poet was Bob Ocean.


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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