At the Rally #1

Who am I? Why am I here?

Admiral James Stockdale

1992 Vice Presidential Debate


My name is Bob Small

and I am bearing witness

for Julian

who cannot be here

whose press is no longer free


To DC from Swarthmore

where our words are also

carefully measured

Loose lips sink ships

and hopes and dreams


I am one of a hundred

maybe less maybe more

we cannot surround the DOJ

but they can no longer

surround us


We cannot surround the

Department of Justice/Injustice

But they will know we are here

even if not told

by the legacy media


But they will know we were here

even if not told

by the Legacy media

who could not find the DOJ

DC is so tricky!


I wanted to say this

in some kind of form Poetics

rhyme meter couplets

triplets, pantoum-

maybe later


Maybe later when the


Like weeks

after the

first draft


10-10-22 original revised 10/11/22

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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