Poems known as Secrets #1

Sometimes he wraps his eyes
around her fingers
dreams of the possibilities
knows how they would taste
dirt—filled fingernails of
uneven length .
hospital red with their
he knows
that these hands
be come fists
at the drop of a memory
he knows
she would aim these fists at him
just for the fact of his being there
he accepts
that this sharp ness
is one price of her love
he fears
he would not want it
any other way or


2] sometimes
he wraps his dreams
around her legs
where the burns and scars re
a reminder of times she’s tried to cease her dreams
a remainder
of all the vacations she spent in hell
a testament
to test his idea of beauty

he knows he could
never hurt her i
he knows he would try
ho keep her
from using any more of her body
as a living canvas
for performance art
he knows he can only
to keep herself from

he knows there would be mornings
his eyes would look up at her legs
at the scars
and the burns
and the scent of pain
and all he could know would be love
despite »
or maybe because of
what the evening had done to her
the steps she had to take-

he stares at her boots
wanting to be there
to taste her
un pol ished toes
to have
her crusted rough feet
to be long to her
in whatever way she choose-
knowing everything could collapse
at the bend of a mind

Would a man leave
a wife for her
would a man cheat
he knows the answer
but asks anyway

he just wants
to listen to her

revised on 7-5—02-from 6—19-02

revised on 9—1-02

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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