What do you love or hate about Miami? That’s what The Miami Herald and WLRN want to know, recently announcing a call for Miamians to create a poem about their city – the ‘That’s so Miami’ poetry project.
Poem submissions are published each day on ThatsSoMiami.tumblr.com and some of the best poems will be chosen to be read on the air on WLRN 91.3 FM, South Florida’s NPR news station. They must be under 100 words and begin or end with the phrase ‘That’s so Miami’. You can also submit photos and poems from Instagram and Twitter, respectively, tagged with #ThatsSoMiami to go up on the website as well. Check out all the rules and how to enter your poem here.
Now for my poem…..
A safety crisis hard to ignore
and a part of Miami I really deplore
Is the danger of walking or crossing the street
To merely survive, you must have quick feet.
The pedestrian crisis is very real here
Miami a leader in deaths, year after year.
Because speeding, tailgating and failure to yield
Are normal behaviors behind the windshield.
An embarrassing failure of our local officials
and FDOT, to use their initials
By not providing the streets that are safer for walking
Years of inaction – we only hear talking.
Unhealthy for kids and especially Granny
Our dangerous streets? #ThatsSoMiami.
- Craig Chester
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