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Code Words: John Korduba



John Korduba is the poet for people who are bored by poetry. “Each poem is a soft tipped arrow aimed to brush past your funny bone and then bounce off your verse averse heart,” he says. As one of our Code Word contributors, the author of Everybody Gets Lost in Brooklyn will share his unique musings on life in NYC. Prepare to be tickled, New York.


The rain bounces

onto glossy pavements


pop open

like blooming flowers

couples clutch

under awnings

heaven pours down


if you look up

your face gets blessed.


I Work Nights

I work nights near a marina

on my break

I go sit on the dock


a big yacht is moored

some nights its decks are filled

with dancing couples

I think

a yacht party must be the perfect spot

to propose to someone

“Listen, I’m on a break so I have to make this quick.”

what’s the perfect spot to propose in New york?

Post a comment below and let us know!

Coming next week to code words: NYC food guy!

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