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Mayor Koch

New York’s lost an icon
Who was in your face and brash.
He always spoke his mind and thus,
With many he did clash.

A three-term mayor with a bridge
That’s honored with his name,
His trademark “How’m I doin?”
Vaulted him to fame.

He never lived in Gracie Mansion,
Long a mayor’s goal,
Instead remaining in his village pad,
With rent control.

Koch rarely wore a hat, but once,
While in a winter storm,
His pate, uncharacteristically,
Was covered to be warm.

Reporters teased him and he laughed,
While pointing to his head,
“This schmatte*? Yeah, it was a gift;”
And that was just so Ed.

To many, me included,
He was New York quintessential.
Perhaps his strong appeal
Was rooted in the residential.

I think New Yorkers, all of us,
Will miss old Mayor Koch.
The city won’t be quite the same
Without him on his watch.

*Yiddish for a rag or cheap piece of material

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  1. Date: 2/4/2013 4:42:00 PM

    Hi Ilene - Very cool tribute! Like the Yiddish words you are including. I'm not fluent, but can understand and throw in a word or two. My grandparents used to mix English and Yiddish. - Gail

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 9:31:00 AM

    I know very little about him except I think he had a girlfriend? Now, I know details....Great write!....Thanks, for your comments...Holly Moore

  1. Date: 2/2/2013 8:47:00 AM

    When you tell it has it is,, there is no one can touch you for poetic license, i personly have been taught so much by your elequent poetry...

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 6:52:00 PM

    I love how you do your political poems, this is a great tribute poem. Thanks for your visits and thoughtful comments.

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 3:48:00 PM

    that's pretty cool to know about a city leader to write so well of him and to admire him. this was cute.

  1. Date: 2/1/2013 2:48:00 PM

    Your subjects are always so varied and fascinating! Long live Mayor Koch I say... 'New York quintessential' defines him as a man and as a politician. Brilliantly written! BRAVO Ilene!! Best wishes, Keith