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ZipOdes: Ode to Your Zip Code

ZipOdes is back! In honor of National Poetry Month, pay tribute to the least poetic definition of where you live: The ZIP Code! We want you to memorialize your federally appointed numerical designation by writing an ode to your ZIP code (ZipOde) in Central Florida and beyond.

Submit your ZipOde by April 25, and then bring it to our ZipOde Throwdown on April 26. Details below!

So what is a ZipOde?

Each ZIP code is five numbers, so we’re asking that each ZipOde be five lines—the number of words (not syllables) in each line is determined by the number in your particular zip code.

Here’s an example, written by Flagler Beach resident Amber Pond:

3: Time seems confused
2: Forward, backward
1: Stopped.
3: This eclectic town
6: Beckoning menagerie of those who paused.

If your zip code has a zero, that line can be left blank. Check out some ZipOdes from last year below!


Send Us Your ZipOdes

The collection closes on April 25. Select ZipOde poems will be read on air and at our ZipOde Throwdown on April 26. You’re welcome to write a ZipOde for the zip code you call home, as well as your hometown zip code. If you live in College Park but hail from Boston, submit poems for both!

Thanks to NPR member station WLRN and O, Miami for letting us borrow their ZipOde concept!

Get Started Now!


ZipOde Throwdown

Join us for the Third Annual ZipOde Throwdown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Timucua Arts Foundation’s White House. The event will feature performances by three of your favorite local artists from the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest: Holy Human, John Korbel and CeCe Teneal & Soul Kamotion. MORE DETAILS & RSVP >>


Invite your friends & family to represent their neighborhoods!



Featured 2017 ZipOde Submissions


You often hear
the threat
that goes “We know where you live.”
So no way I’m giving out my address,
but here’s a clue for my creditors and such.
~ Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate34711Small town charms,
impacted by rapid growth
can be a good thing, or not –
~ Shirley Decker328093 – Bell Isle Bedrooms
2 – midcentury modern
8 – older newer bigger smaller cottage colonial ranches wrecks
0 – (heavy sigh)
9 – Nothing ancient remains of Pinecastle settlements. Just a marker.
~ Jeff Henderson32801
Businesses, houses, apartments;
Bisected, dissected;
Can we be brought back together? I-4 Ultimate??

~ Logan Lamphere


Some Winter Park
Some Casselberry
We are both Seminole and Orange residents
But there’s one place that brings us all together:
Donut King
~ Jody Mask


Dr. Phillips neighborhood,
easy living.
Close to all the Walt Disney World parks,
and Universal Studios.
Why didn’t we move here sooner?
~ Ken Schreibman


3 Neighbors smile politely
4 While scurrying home sprightly
7 Bluebirds tweet on quiet tree-lined streets
4 There is still trouble
7 But life is sweet inside “The Bubble”
~ Jennifer Sharp


Far away from the United States national capitol
Hawai’I codes start with number nine,
because they were assigned East to West.
My code has the best meter for rhyme.
OOPS. Wrong.
~ Graham Watt


Here chickens
run free
from Townhouse to the high school
while nearby, a sign shouts
“new development!”
~ Carter Richard


Come on down
to Oviedo!
We’ve got the best schools, great neighborhoods,
and lots and lots and lots
and lots of wandering chickens.
~ Jacob Garrett


From the poets at 90.7 WMFE:

Tourist and travelers
abound, in
and around my part of town, crossing I-Drive
they head home with sunburns, hangovers, and empty wallets.
~ Christine Hetzel


I like chickens!
Do you?
If so, come to my town, Oviedo.
It is just down the road.
See chickens and say hello!
~ Donna Wittmann


They call it
Orlando North
Far from Disney and the City Beautiful
Lies natural beauty of forests and lakes
~ Chris Barch


Love my Wawa
I do
and Baldwin Lake for oh so peaceful walks
children on bikes and strollers, puppies too!
~ Crystal Chavez


Some people think
East Orlando
Only offers a mess of students and construction
But alas
We offer Waterford traffic, too
~ Kayla Bloomer


Mills 50 Vibe
Downtown’s Better
We ditched the club, for arcade bar hub
(deep breath)
Mills 50 Tribe
~ Abe Aboraya


Airplanes pass overhead,
Shuttling in
Tourists from across the nation and the globe.
To Orlando.
~ Brendan Byrne


Midnight Sirens Wailing
No Downtown
Booming Systems, Racing Cars, Motorcycles- Sonically Collide
Littered Streets
Multiple Drive Thru Liquor Stores
~ Bill Johnson


Amazing colorful sunsets
Dogs walking
Children’s squeals and laughter coming from the park
Pretty flowers
Make for a pleasant evening stroll. Lucky me.
~ Sherry Alexander


My wonderful town . . .
Winter Park?
No. Casselberry in Seminole County, that is!
I get the best both towns have to offer.
Lucky me!
~ Rachel Kaufman


Great horned owls
peering intently
through the intertwined branches of towering oaks
alert to every sound and movement as dinner
scurries quickly across the manicured yards of Winter Park
~ Julie Frey, WMFE Board Trustee


I hear screaming.
These opposing emotions emitted with searing sonic similarity.
Convoluted momentum,
~ Paul Martinez, past WMFE Community Advisory Board member