A Good Time to Say Bye

A Good Time to say Bye

Philly Police beat up queers

MOVE buys house in West Philip

City Councilman goes to jail

If we didn’t date these events

how would we know when they happened

it could be any Philadelphia year

any Philly day

Hews means new, doesn’t it

all of the above

happened in 1981, 1971

no new news in Philly

on a day in 1955

headlines were

Rizzo exonerated for police Brutality

Longstretch announces candidacy

unknown child found murdered

could of been

1965, 1975, 1985

only Rizzo won’t run again

though he’ll certainly get votes this year

he’ll get the Dead vote

old Democrats never die, they just vote that way

Tommi we will miss you

another voice gone, another face leaving


the parade will be quieter without you


the silences will be longer

some of the rage in outrage,

some of the out in outrageous

will be gone

and one less person to call when the city makes me scream why why why!


one less Poet

on the other hand, Tommi in drag is to Drag

as military music is to music not

still, we’ll miss you,

miss the words and the feelings-

Bob Small 9-16-91

reviewed 1-29-22

For Tommi Avicolli, departed to Frisco

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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