I Have not grown

I have not grown

tired of your

old face

It seems we’ve been together

since time was a baby

and Methuselah a young pup

since Caesar first sighted Cleopatra

since Adam first felt

a pain in his side

and weren’t we at Adam and Eve’s Wedding

did I drink too much

make a fool of myself

at the reception

pity ’bout Abel

and who was that young girl

that Cain finally married


time goes on ugly old dogs feet

my memories of other lovers die

like old flicks flickering

memories of Rudy Valentino and

Natacha Rambova

I no longer dwell on who slew


Dahlia in

Los Angelos nine teen fourty eight

or why

all those other affairs

were endings seen from the

Beguin’e beginning

it’s very zen

and the art of Poetry Maintenance


all the centuries were needed

all the births and deaths

all those bad movies of affairs

for that was the path to you, old face,

a place I dwell in pleasure

and forever

having not grown tired

of our humdrum existence

of the day to day in love

of the simple pleasure of

being with you

Bob Small 4-11-90 from 3-13-90

Note thirty years and still counting

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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