The Reel Life: Subway poetry edition
9 Aug 2017
Cali has legalized it— Metro (@metrolosangeles) August 4, 2017
So at home you may take a hit
But on the bus
Keep it away from us
Smoking trees we do not permit
The exchange may remind dedicated public transit social media feed watchers of last summer's haiku battle between the two California train lines, in which other major metro area transit systems, including New York City's MBA and Boston's MBTA, showed up to show off their haiku skills.
The major difference between last year's haiku battle and this year's limerick battle, besides the cannabis theme, is that the social media managers for American public transit systems appear to mostly understand the format of a haiku—three lines of five, seven and five syllables, respectively—but only BART seems to have any kind of real grasp of the limerick form. Metro Los Angeles mostly got it right but didn't have enough syllables or the proper stress pattern in the third and fourth lines.
.@metrolosangeles's anapaests need a bit of work.— Laura J. Nelson (@laura_nelson) August 4, 2017
And then there's this:
That's some sort of couplet with no identifiable rhythm scheme, not a limerick. Or a haiku, for that matter.
While we hope that poetry battles of various forms become a tradition on Transit Twitter, there's probably a limit to how many kinds of poetry can produce poems that fit into 140 characters.
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