Juan Felipe Herrera

Fowler, California / United states
Juan Felipe Herrera
Fowler, California / United states
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In Search of an Umbrella in NYC

You were having a stroke - i
did not grasp what was going on you
standing almost half ways up half
ways down the colors what were they
i was frozen both us us staring
woman with parasol behind me
are you drunk she said facing
you and the deli behind you you
leaned shivered dropped your coat
parasol

white
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: sickness
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Chuck Taylor 26 July 2019

You have to admire the honesty in this poem. The speaker sees a person on the street having a stroke. He walks away, headed somewhere to read his poetry to an audience, and does not help the person having the stroke. The poem suggests we should act better than the speaker, although we can understand he fear, his desire not to be involved. We should do differently and be the good Samaritan.

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