Essence of Joan #2

You and your pirate eyes

aburst with champagne nights

your Neopolitan mouth

full of the laugh that echoes on the river

your diamond smile

of a star not yet Nova

Garbo at the begin

your english nose

your California ears

and hair and breath

that burns like fire

that burns

like fire


of knowing when to be there

and how

and when not

so your children

will not be those hard creatures who keep on singing

when the rest

is silence

when the rest

is silence

nor too soft

with too easily tapped


for all the world has left in tatters

but will have the simple knowledge

that one must live

one must live

to see the beauty


you and your sudden mind

that darts and snaps

darts and snaps

where you thought

it must surely pull up

sure there were rocks there

that a you such as you

could never pass

seeing the flower there

that could bloom after all

now that the frost is gone


added line breaks and repeats

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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