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Transport for London created a poetry competition, inviting budding poets to contribute their talents towards posters regarding public transport etiquette. Ultimately, the chosen works would be seen by the millions of public transport users within London.


Illustration by McBess

Illustration by McBess

Poem on “Littering”

The repetitive nature of finding trash left on seats inspired the use of repetition itself within the poem.

The third and fourth stanza are connected by the words “takeaway” (fast food in a negative context) and “take it away” (a call to action in a positive context).


Illustration by McBess

Illustration by McBess

Poem on “Loud music”

For the poem to be relevant to offenders, it begins by discussing an interest of their—music.


Illustration by McBess

Illustration by McBess

Poem on “Allowing others off first”

This poem begins with the perspective shared by many city people, which is, the anticipation of public transportation arrival.

The majority of the poem contains relatable references and observations to connect with the reader.

A polite reminder to be thoughtful was written to encourage better behaviour, but also to remind people of our reputation as polite and well-mannered people.