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Angelo Does Roofs

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Robert E. Jordan
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Angelo gets a summer job,
working for a roofer.  

It’s a hard,
long,
hot, work day,
starting out at dawn.  

He’s up on our flat,
black tar roofs.  

It’s hot up there,
even in the morning.  

By noon,
Angelo’s stripped down
to his sneakers, and shorts.  

The perspiration
just rolls down his back,
soaking his shorts
with his own sweat.  

Lifting those forty pound
buckets of hot tar
twenty or thirty feet
can make you sweat.  

Angelo could have an easier job,
standing on the corner,
selling grass,
and white powder
to the fools.  

No, Angelo won’t do that,
he won’t mess up
other kids lives,
just to make the easy dough.  

Angelo doesn’t make much money
for his hard labor.  
That’s all right.  

His neighbors will have
nice dry houses
during the wet days
of spring,
summer,
fall
and winter.

Angelo's 100%
a union man.

Bobby


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Midnitesun
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1 posted 07-08-2008 09:17 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I sure do like Angelo.
Robert E. Jordan
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2 posted 07-08-2008 09:31 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Dear Midnitesun,

I'm sure you do, if you have a flat roof like mine.  Angelo's fixed my roof a number of times.  He always does a great job.

My house is about 170 years old, so it can have a leak in the roof every now and then.

Love Bobby
Marchmadness
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3 posted 07-08-2008 10:21 PM       View Profile for Marchmadness   Email Marchmadness   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marchmadness

Angelo an I have something in common, I am still active in my union even though I am retired. Angelo is a smart guy. He will eventually be successful while the guys on the corner are in prison.
                            Ida
Robert E. Jordan
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4 posted 07-08-2008 10:27 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Thanks dear Ida,

You are correct as usual.  

Yes, the poor souls on the corner will either be in prison, or dead.  It's a blessing that there are so many more Angelos in the hood, than the poor souls on the corner.

It's sad to see the corner kids.

God bless the unions.  My wife was union, and I've always supported them.  She belonged to the ILGWU.

Bobby
JamesMichael
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5 posted 07-09-2008 05:26 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Nice message here...James
XGarapanX
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6 posted 07-09-2008 05:31 PM       View Profile for XGarapanX   Email XGarapanX   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit XGarapanX's Home Page   View IP for XGarapanX

Rats! I'm an independant. Still, Angelo's doing a fine, fine job!

·´~`·­»Garapan«­·´~`·

Robert E. Jordan
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7 posted 07-09-2008 09:39 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Thanks James,

I'm pleased it worked for you.

Bobby
Robert E. Jordan
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8 posted 07-09-2008 09:40 PM       View Profile for Robert E. Jordan   Email Robert E. Jordan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Robert E. Jordan

Thanks XGarapanX,

So you're in the roof business too.

Bobby
Earl Brinkman
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9 posted 09-26-2010 08:24 AM       View Profile for Earl Brinkman   Email Earl Brinkman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Earl Brinkman

Angelo is a good kid!  Good for him.
 
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