Zip Code Poem _ Writing Assignment #16

Here’s something NEW that is going around. It’s lots of fun and anyone can do it!

This project is called The ZipCode Poem.

Walking by Inner Vision Journal – Writing Assignment #16

Use the zip code of a place where yo live;  a place you would like to live;  a place you want to visit; or a place you have visited in the past.

If the zip code has a zero in it, you can leave a blank line.

Another way to represent the “zero” in a zip code could be to repeat the line above the “zero.”  Be creative and you may even think of another way you want to show the “zero” in your poem.


My example is below: I live in a small rural city – Ellwood City, PA 16117

I grew up here and have spent most of my life in Ellwood City.  This is where my ancestors settled in the mid-1700s.

Ellwood City was the number one producer of stainless steel in this country. My father was a steelworker in this western Pennsylvania small rural city.

 In the Zip Code poem:

I focused on those  steel town images that K knew intimately as a child  and as I see them every day.  By the early 1980s this state was devastated by the closing of almost every steel mill – every city and town along the many rivers is a landscape of abandoned steel mills.

I used the syllable count for the zip code numbers: 1 6 1 1 7

I focused on 4 words to signify the history of the steel mills in western Pennsylvania.

steel, mills, steal, still

I chose to CENTER my lines…


Zip Code Poem

Ellwood City, PA 16117



by Lynda McKinney Lambert


abandoned rusting mills



stainless  bargain priced cold steal


Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.


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