Poetry Friday: Zip Odes!

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Poetry Friday is hosted today by Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge

Driving home from work yesterday evening, I heard a story on NPR’s The Takeaway about a form of poetry – zip odes:


As soon as I got home, I searched for more information and discovered that this new poem form was the brainchild of  O, Miami – the Miami Poetry Festival. the contest rules  are:

“Each ZIP code is five numbers, so we’re asking that each ZIP Ode be five lines—the number of words in each line is determined by the number in your particular zip code.”

To my great delight, I discovered that  zip odes could be found and enjoyed on Facebook, Tumbler and Twitter:

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I am a terrible poet, but this looked like so much fun that I just had to try my hand at creating one for my zip code :


Expanses of verdant and excessively manicured lawns

graced with giant oaks

and by distant Manhattan views


That was fun…now why don’t you give it a try?!

15 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Zip Odes!

  1. This makes me really smile, Tara. Yours says a lot with so few words. Will try on Twitter this month! Thank you!

  2. I’ve been a bit obsessed with poetry lately so I was excited to read this post and your poem. Great job! And thanks for sharing. I think I will give it a try!

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