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Psalm for Distribution
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Jack AgŁeros


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Lord,
on 8th Street
between 6th Avenue and Broadway
in Greenwich Village
there are enough shoe stores
with enough shoes
to make me wonder
why there are shoeless people
on the earth.

Lord,
You have to fire the Angel
in charge of distribution.

From Lord, Is This a Psalm? (Hanging Loose Press, 2002).
Used here with permission.

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Jack AgŁeros (1934 - 2014) was a New York City-born poet, writer, translator, community activist, and Air Force veteran. He was also the director of East Harlem's Museo del Barrio for eight years. The son of Puerto Rican immigrants, Jack was a lifelong advocate for Latino rights; his award-winning work often focused on the struggles of Puerto Ricans living in America.


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jtmilford:
Direct short and thought provoking. Maybe we could help the Angel a little. Thank you
Posted 12/23/2016 08:00 PM
transitions:
Loved it, yes...
Posted 12/22/2016 06:38 PM
Jo:
This is a heart-felt psalm. Thank you.
Posted 12/22/2016 04:31 PM
blueskies:
The reason for the season in shining ode format! Blessings & many thanks to the author & his son.
Posted 12/22/2016 03:22 PM
paradea:
Good one!!
Posted 12/22/2016 02:52 PM
peninsulapoet:
Yes! Most problems are a matter of distribution. fine poem.
Posted 12/22/2016 01:03 PM
Lori Levy:
Great!
Posted 12/22/2016 12:39 PM
joecot:
Amen, Mr. Agueros. Amen.
Posted 12/22/2016 11:46 AM
TheSilverOne:
Very meaningful poem. Love it.
Posted 12/22/2016 10:35 AM
CamilleBalla:
Thought-provoking. Fine poem! One I will remember.
Posted 12/22/2016 09:32 AM
Jancan:
Concise and thought-provoking! I don't suppose we'll ever understand some things. Janice
Posted 12/22/2016 08:16 AM
Gilbert Allen:
I wonder, too. A fine poem.
Posted 12/22/2016 08:07 AM
cork:
Simple and direct!
Posted 12/22/2016 07:43 AM
plgoodman:
Yes, yes. Five stars for stirring the conscience!
Posted 12/22/2016 07:19 AM
rhonasheridan:
I don't know what has affected me so much about this little poem - but i had to blow my nose a few times!
Posted 12/22/2016 03:53 AM
Katrina:
This is needed. It should be a sacred song.
Posted 12/22/2016 03:20 AM


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