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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!


  • By Pam Rummel – 05-28-08 at 9:40 am

    I am a fan. The imagery you get from his poems always bring a smile. With a flick of the pen he turns words into pictures. Great talent here!

  • By CiNYC – 05-28-08 at 10:40 am

    Thanks for writing in, Pam! Keep checking back for more Code Words from John Korduba!

  • By Maribel – 05-30-08 at 4:56 pm

    Your poems put a smile on my face and a quick chuckle in my throat. Love it!

  • By Sonia Thomas – 05-30-08 at 4:57 pm

    John – you are man of many talents! Love you the poetry.


  • By CiNYC – 05-30-08 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks Maribel and Sonia! Check out our other Code Words entries as well and tell us what you think!

  • By Hazel-ann – 06-26-08 at 10:09 am

    I love these simple, yet meaningful, poems. They read like haikus. Keep writing, John, and we’ll keep reading and feeling.

  • By Alicia – 07-17-08 at 7:40 pm

    I’m really digging your poetry. It speaks to me.

  • By Cool in Your Code – 07-17-08 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Alicia, thanks for writing in. John is incredibly talented and we love sharing his poems. Please let us know what else you’d like to see on our site.

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Code Words: John Korduba

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