Headline Haiku: Metropolis

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Inspired by Phil Gomm’s “Metropolis” prompt, I’ve revived Headline Haiku for a New York pandemic collage.  I originally did a series of these current event newspaper artworks on methodtwomadness, the blog I do with Nina (who is on an extended break), but I haven’t done one in a long time.

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It also fits my current supply situation–most everything I own is in storage, and I do not have many collage materials in my temporary apartment.  But I do get the NY Times delivered, and I cut them up for what I’m working on as needed.

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I took two of the obituary pages from last Sunday’s paper and collaged it with images and headline haiku collected from the last month’s papers.

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My city is hurting.  It’s uncertain when anything will return and what form it will take.

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But the lifeblood of the city is its people, and something will always grow and thrive among them.

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I spent my childhood in Ohio and Maryland but I never put roots down in either place.  NYC is my hometown.  And aside from one apartment, I’ve always lived and worked either on, or within walking distance, of Broadway.

For the last 10 years, I’ve been able to walk to Yankee Stadium from my residences…and many’s the time I’ve started home to the accompaniment of Frank Sinatra after a game.

New York has been a city of immigrants for its entire existence.  And it will continue to draw strength from its diversity as it comes back to life.

New York, New York…a metropolis in which to imagine a new world.




23 thoughts on “Headline Haiku: Metropolis

    1. Thanks Robbie. Its helpful, I think, to acknowledge the loss and the pain, something our leaders have failed so far to do. They seem to want to pretend it will just magically disappear. Something they keep doing to our war veterans as well.


    1. Thanks Janice. It’s hard not to get beaten down. But people need to acknowledge just how large the loss is, before “moving on”. Our government seems to have no capacity to feel the enormity of these deaths. Hopefully the people themselves will continue to respond appropriately and rebuild from the roots.

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      1. Yes…acknowledgement of suffering is important. There is such an imbalance with this situation. Privilege or fortune or both results in some people being far less harmed by the crisis than others.

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    1. I hope so Claudia. The newspaper actually had a special section yesterday on ways to remake our cities so they are more affordable and both integrated and inclusive. We’ve been given this opportunity–i hope we don’t waste it. But of course it involves sharing the wealth. Past experience shows that the very wealthy are mostly not willing to do that voluntarily.

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      1. Things are going to change, that is for sure. I think in the end it will depend on people taking charge of things and using their numbers as their strength, not asking or hoping. Change from the bottom up, because the structure has imploded that existed before.

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  1. Love this. I too grew up in a place that I do not in any way consider home. There is nothing in me that resonates with Southern California, and I left it as soon as I graduated high school. My home is anywhere in the forest, and I have felt out of place these 15 years on this beautiful island. Cannot wait to return to the forest, but wait i must until this house can sell during a worldwide pandemic. 😂 Into the future we all go! Unknown as existence, itself. Best of luck in stabilizing your own home base. 🙏

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  2. Your headline haiku capture the pathos of your city at this terrible time. I think of you often and hope you are doing okay. It must be so extraordinary to be living in New York at this time. I understand why your head is hurting.

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      1. Thanks for sharing that insider insight. I watch the news and wonder what lies behind the headlines. As you say people are resilient and adaptable. I always think of New York as being built on those qualities. I hope things begin to turn around soon

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