PATERSON, NJ- On Saturday, June 30, the day before his inauguration, Mayor Andre Sayegh held an interfaith church service at St. John’s Cathedral. Among the participants was Talena Lachelle Queen, Paterson’s poet laureate. Queen recited her original poem ‘Indivisible’ and we are proud that she shared it with TAPinto Paterson for our readers to enjoy:


this city has the same potential as a baby floating down the Nile,

she has a two hundred- twenty five year record of receiving children

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from every land, culture and creed, 

she builds- supremely

she is the land of peace

she is in constant search of the greatness that is Nirvana, 

she sings music that moves you in tongues from far and wide, 

ella toma pan y vino para la comunión

she greets all that she meets السلام عليكم alsalam ealaykum, 

all of her citizens share the common goals in human life:

to be fully present in ethical duty,

to work toward prosperity,

to pursue God given passions,

to protect freedom, and 

to be mindful of our karma -do onto others as we would have them do onto us, 

every citizen within her perimeter receives the same rain

at the same time,

let us also bow together, 

let us also kneel together,

let us also chant together 

let us also rock together, 

let us also grow together

though we shall sometimes fall together,

let us stand together as 

One Paterson, under God, Indivisible