Meditation Row

In Memory of MOVE

For Linda Waters, rest in peace

MEDITATION ROW* (revised)

By Philadelphia Poets

Linda Waters
Mike Dalton
Bob Small

Today is May 18. 1985.

is May Eighteen, 1985.

To! day! is May Eighteen. 1985.

is May Eighteen, 1985

is/May/

may be May

May 18, 1985 and Aschak is singing

singing

singing

It is near 2:30 pm and the sun darts and fades

fades and

darts

The wind is slowing

stops and starts

Stops, never to blow this clear again

I was never so glad to see Aschak.

Aschak

Aschak

I was never so glad to see Aschak as today.

not having heard from him in a week. It is not a

good time to wear dreads in Philly.

Dreads inspire dread.

E le venper sons dead.

and no one knows who said.

Drop the bomb! Drop the bomb! Drop the

bomb! Drop the bomb!

______________________________________

Thinking about other lives than the one I
inhabit. Like those of the MOVE dead.

or those shattered by flame

and not saved by the flood

those lives shattered by flame, shat tered by flames, shat

tered by this unetemal flame

and not saved, no, not saved by the flood

The victims of the dumbest idea in the universe, presented

on Osage Avenue, right here in Philly, one night only! $2.00 if

you buy now, $3.00 at the burning door.

Shall we talk then—
of the newfad of urban bombing!

This did happen and

Murder was the plan!!

Does the work pacification fit In here?

How about powerlessness?

Can we use the word hope?

No

No, I didn’t think so. You buy the dream, the middle-class

scheme, the white amerikan scene and believe it will be.

No, we can’t go home again ’cause it’s been destroyed

______________________________________________

I strive tofind words for all occasions

No longer admitting of places

where words can’t go

where words won’t go

where words don’t go

Where are the words

and what words do we wear?

and what words do we dare?

We dare! all words!

We wear! all! words!

We swear

by all

words!

I think my words can go here

But I will have to search veryfarfor them

in all the un used places

seek not the usualfaces

go where there are traces

of lives/still/to be lived

I must not be afraid to search

or of my search

or in my search

or of the reasons for my search

Or I must

As I learned in other days

in other ways

be scared as hell

and scared of hell

but go back to the alley where the knife happened

go back to the valley

where the end of life happened

Go back Go back Go back Go back

Just to

Kill! Kill! Kill Kill!

the memory

Now is the time tofind yesterday

to de fine yesterday

to de sign yesterday

Now is the time to search for today

so we don’t destroy tomorrow

for the children,for the children,for the children,

for the children

Too young to know of hate

Now is the time to look into the mirror for tomorrow

and see whatfaces scream out at us

Do we see a future

or when you roll the window down. is there truly only dust?

or are all thesefuturefaces illusion?

Just a painting, not a Steptoe photo of real life?

This version of Mediation Row, for three voices,

(there were many versions and many voices, who were participants

in Popular Neurotics.)

was included in Concerned Poets on the MOVE

In The Tradition Press

Edited by Sharon Leonard Goodman, 1986

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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