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Ode to the Zip Code

Your Zip Code contributes more to your life outcomes than your genetic code. Where you live influences your health, education, and economic opportunities.

The Fair Housing Center presents Ode to the Zip Code, a poetry contest celebrating the places we live. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 7, and are being accepted at

The premise is simple: Write a short poem in which the number of words in each line of the poem is determined by the corresponding digit of the ZIP Code. All ages and neighborhoods are welcome.

For an example, here's last year's winning poem:
4 Near Detroit and Airport
3 We finally settled
6 Family of six, crowding into rentals
0 (here’s where I won’t discuss the summer we were homeless)
9 But there on Somerset, my very own pink bedroom

All entries will be juried, and finalists will be invited to read their work at a special event at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Main Library – McMaster Center on April 19, 2018 for 419 Day, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Winners selected from both the youth (15 and under) and adult (16 and older) categories will be awarded cash prizes. Top poems will also be published in Toledo City Paper.

I know TTers have a LOT to say about the city -- here's a good way to shout it out, in a poem!

created by Anniecski on Feb 21, 2018 at 10:09:33 am     Comments: 7

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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

posted by stooks on Feb 21, 2018 at 01:37:57 pm     #  

A Po-em
by Mad Jack
ah - hem

I think that I have never bit
A thing so lovely as a tit...

posted by madjack on Feb 21, 2018 at 01:54:03 pm     #   1 person liked this

The Ten Minute Verse

Four days to pack
Three hours each way
Five men worked six hours
But not for no pay

Four days of unpacking
three shots that we had
two days were spent painting
three hours arranging
two friends who were sad

posted by madjack on Feb 21, 2018 at 01:59:19 pm     #  

Hear I sit

Broken hearted

I paid my dime

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posted by shamrock44 on Feb 21, 2018 at 05:58:23 pm     #   1 person liked this

There once was a man from Nantuckett..

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posted by Mariner on Feb 21, 2018 at 06:58:42 pm     #  

Guy walks into a bar...

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posted by madjack on Feb 21, 2018 at 11:44:47 pm     #  

Ode to Joseph Hazelwood

For when the waves turn the minutes to hours

Three hour cruise it was intended to be

Six hours the hands on the clock did turn

One deckhand had to exclaim

Fore God's sake skipper you've gone and gotten us lost again.

posted by Mariner on Feb 22, 2018 at 08:09:43 am     #