Juneteenth Day in Swarthmore #5

Juneteenth Day in Swarthmore #5

From the Poem Exile by

Lamont B. Steptoe

I am an Exile

in the land of my birth

Still remember

the Poetry Scene Philly

1970’s, 80’s, 90’s

Black Poets abounded

Ali Jamal to Harold Watson

Mbali Umoja to Jerome Robinson

Kimmikka L. H. Williams to

We were black and white together

because that’s how it was


Still remember Black people I worked with

names I still facebook with

Sarah Fortune, Wilma Carney

Charles Clarke, Regina Battle

Willa Jamison, Brenda Murray

didn’t love everyone I worked with

but had a lot of friends

and that was the natural of it

and the way of the world


Now my life is lived in the

retirement borough of Swarthmore

a few black names and faces, a few

Senior Meetings, Poetry Readings

each and every support group

more old and white

than anything else

than anything else

don’t know why that is

or maybe




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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