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.

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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…

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Zip Code Poem

Ellwood City, PA 16117

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“steel”

by Lynda McKinney Lambert

steel

abandoned rusting mills

stand

still

stainless  bargain priced cold steal

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Lynda McKinney Lambert. Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

www.lyndalambert.com

Email: Zgal@zoominternet.net

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