Poetry is a nicer, decidedly more British version of “DUDE, quit blocking the f*cking subway doors; I’m late for work!” And you can thank London’s mayor for that — he’s the one who decided to paper the London Underground with poems gently reminding riders how best to behave:
London ad agency M&C Saatchi wrote the rhymes, and some of the poets in the video below will be performing at Tube stations today for the U.K.’s National Poetry Day:
Here’s an American version I just wrote:
Unless you want a bunch of crap
Don’t invade my personal space
Or I’ll punch you in the face
Groping me? You’ve got some guts
Here’s a swift kick to the nuts
Perhaps slightly more violent than the Brits, but that’s the American way. Be excellent to each other on public transit, OK?
London Using Poetry To Encourage Better Subway Etiquette, BuzzFeed.