Boston Celebrity Haikus by Marty Walsh, B.J. Novak, and More

Notables wax poetic about our city in honor of National Poetry Month.

marty walsh haiku 1

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Such a dream come true:
I’m Mayor of a city
that’s wicked awesome.

Marty Walsh
Mayor of Boston

susan warnick haiku 2

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Boston is the best
Look at all there is to do
Now it’s up to you.

Susan Wornick
Former WCVB reporter and anchor

b.j. novak haiku 3

Illustration by Arthur Mount

5-7-5? Why?
Are you fucking kidding me?
Just say what you mean.

B.J. Novak
Actor, writer, director

alex karpovsky haiku 4

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Soon the cold wind barks 
Her goodbyes are meaningless
In Boston, again

Alex Karpovsky
Actor, writer, director

charlie baker haiku 5

Illustration by Arthur Mount

City on a hill.
Birthplace of revolution.
Best sports teams ever.

Charlie Baker
Gubernatorial candidate

dick lehr haiku 6

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Prudential Tower Views
Harbor, Gardens, Rotaries
Boston Everywhere

Dick Lehr
Journalist and author, with his daughter Holly

jerod mayo haiku 4

Illustration by Arthur Mount

Paved with history;
If these streets could talk, they’d beam.
Our Boston is strong.

Jerod Mayo
Patriots linebacker

salvatore lamattina haiku 5

Illustration by Arthur Mount

The Old North Church or
Faneuil Hall. I prefer
Cheers above them all.

Salvatore LaMattina
Boston City Councilor


— A Rejection —

Boston, no thank you.
(Nothing against the haiku–
A form I don’t do.)

Robert Pinsky
Poet, essayist, and Boston University professor