To commemorate National Poetry Month, we have a borough-by-borough poetry challenge: Every week, we'll name a borough and you send us your best, original, tweet-length poems inspired by that borough.
Week One was the Bronx, and Week Two was Brooklyn! Read some Brooklyn-inspired poems below.
And start sending in your submissions for Week Three: Staten Island. Just tweet your poem with the hashtag #NYcityverse, and we may feature it online or on the air.
My #NYCityverse, Langston Hughes-style: Went to the Brooklyn Bridge, sat on the promenade, focused on the beauty, of joys of life unafraid.— Eric Adams (@BPEricAdams) April 13, 2017
#NYcityverse— T Kelly (@heyitsterence) April 13, 2017
Adhans & Shabbos Sirens
In the Borough of Churches,
¡Escúchela! La ciudad respirando
...but Deadass, how long can this last?
'a tree grows in Brklyn'— oumyehia (@oumyehia) April 13, 2017
'love grows in Brooklyn'
the forest told me#NYcityverse
Oh, how I yearn to— Sean McDonnell (@SeanMcDonnell84) April 13, 2017
Look upon the
And chatty neighbors
Place residents of
Bike wheels riding— Jared A Sutton (@jaredasutton) April 13, 2017
rattle my hips like
rock 'n roll.
Take Bergen to avoid
I, wandering Jew— Rob Goyanes (@RobGoyanes) April 12, 2017
Jaded in Bushwick
Beg for mercy
From the gastropub hostess:
“Seder for one?” #NYcityverse
B44 bus home to the 'Stuy— Lea Cea (@lelemodern) April 11, 2017
overground views beneath
the Brooklynite sky –
lit up streets, Caribbean jive. #NYcityverse
trade— Emmanuel Garcia-Lesy (@ManiScience) April 11, 2017
used books with
I hold my heart half-forgotten and weathered;— Wyman Meers (@Why_Man52) April 10, 2017
colored like Coney Island,
ever-hopeful for summer’s wondrous return.#nycityverse
#NYcityverse— L (@makingpies) April 10, 2017
Among backyard chickens
& mason jar lanterns
strung from a fence,
is sipped by a girl
in a bicycle print dress.
@WNYC @BPEricAdams @JumaaneWilliams @RLEspinal @StephenLevin33 @MarkTreyger718 @CMMathieuEugene @CMReynoso34 @cmlauriecumbo @gentileforDA Paternal land— Nicole Marie Edine (@nme421) April 10, 2017
Through Montague we go
At once "cool" & old school
AM boats sing out on Shore Rd
Bay Ridge I am home #NYcityverse