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(This can be sung to Beethoven's Ode To Joy.)
A Baysider's Ode To Queens
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Both a county and a borough,
Part of New York City too.
On Long Island, yet not of it.
I'm confused as hell. Are you?
A diverse United Nations.
Queens folk come from far and wide.
Ethnic food that beats Manhattan.
You won't read that in the guides.
Crime is low and people friendly.
Safer here than in the burbs.
Merit Scholars by the bushel,
And the sunsets are superb.
Home to airports rather major,
And the Tennis Open's here.
Then there's theater, art, and baseball,
And our Jazz Trail has no peer.
Though I hail from mid-Long Island,
They will never move me back.
Bayside Queens, my hometown village,
Off the Apple's beaten track.
© March 2005 Madeleine Begun Kane. All Rights Reserved.
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