On Michael Bloomberg Writing a Poem and Rhyming "Hawk" with "New Yawk"
Today is New York's 8th annual Poem in your Pocket (PIYP) day, during which we're all supposed to find our inner bard, create original lyrical works of disparate quality, and share them with our acquaintances throughout the day.
What's that? You missed the first seven years of PIYP day? Well then, here's your chance to make it up. And as an extra morsel of encouragement, one Mr. Michael Bloomberg, poet laureate of mayors, has also composed a poem (this is where the disparate quality comes into play), in which he name drops Twitter and rhymes "hawk" with "New YAWK." [Capitalization his.]
While normally we would suggest that there's not a chance in hell Bloomberg actually composed these four melodious stanzas, the PIYP day fates have allowed a cheat, a loophole in the actual process of poeting that might just make us into believers. That, and this poem's pretty fucking awful, so there's a decent chance an aide just watched over his shoulder and cringed as he shat this one into existence.
The PYIP authorities recommend a classic writing exercise for the uninspired versifier: Write the first line of a published poem on an envelope and then give it to someone else to write their own poem based on that line. After his first two drafts, "Where the Bike Lane Ends" and "Stopping by Giuliani's Condo on a Snowy Evening," were abandoned, he took a turn for the safe zone, uplifting bird metaphors. His poem, titled "Hope" (vom), is based on Emily Dickenson's "Hope is the Thing with Feathers."
"Hope" NYC By Mike Bloomberg (for realzeeez!)
"Hope" is the thing with feathers That makes our City soar It will take us to the future As it's carried us before
Hope is the thing with feathers That travels all our streets It sings in every language It sometimes even tweets
And though we may not see it It perches everywhere In new shops and small businesses In every schoolroom chair
It could be our famous pigeon Or fabled red-tailed hawk Hope is the thing with feathers That flies throughout New YAWK
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