Monday, June 8, 2015


this is Paterson

home of the brave,
the proud, the
beautiful, the fine

home of the silk mills,
hydropower, and
the constitution

cradle of the industrial revolution,
stopping place for the underground railroad
and the center of the universe

we are every culture
we are every religion
we are simply the best

of everything because
our good days outweigh
our bad days

we don’t complain in the heat of pain or summer
we are not defeated by hurricanes
or weight of snow

we are the resilient people of
one Paterson together
whether day or dark hour

we are both the
cherry blossom and the

we have mastered the harvesting
of power stored in our hearts
We are beloved

by one another
there’s no place like home
this is Paterson

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