A Poem for Joan

I wanted to give you something

something simple yet beautiful

respectable yet rippling

resplendent yet


within my means and meaning


I wanted to give you your own city

but they’re expensive, Mon

and only rotted cities beginning with C

like Cleveland, Calcutta, and Camden

are being sold currently

so we’ll pass on that videoed dream


I wanted to get us all a house

somewhere in the winds of San Fernando

where people read about crime on the subways,

off the subways,

grime in the air, the corruption of the daily water

rather than being too near the traces of evil

the two sweet scent of-

but I keep playing the number

but I still haven’t hit the lottery


I desperately wished

to afford you

satin dresses and lace-fringed chapeau

shiny shoes and the coat of the minx

of the fox

or the sable

or even the unicorn

but my ship, it surely appears,

is still floating, floating,

in the most sargasso of seas

the most perfect of triangles

blissfully becalmed Bermuda

never to deport


I can give you fruit of the mind

which surely others could

I can nurture your egolet

till it grows to fullity

but that requires nothing

that is my key alone

I can bring you tea and pretzels

and be there when you want

how you want

but most men would


So I wanted to give you a Poem

that would outlive the memories of our time

outshine the factory streets

outshout the screams of various importants

full of your beauty and your easy grace

your champagne laugh and pirate eyes

your champagne laugh and pirate eyes

like a painting only truer

but you’ve left me wordless

drained of colours and replies

of the nighttime and the day

till I can only give you

what I have wrote above

a flawed receipt of love



deleted line and give you some rest after pretzels line

Joan never need to rest

double champagne laugh and pirate eyes

even though Joan had a beer laugh

Other than that

as is as was

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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