What We Mean When We Say “The Met(s)” (Thursday Doors)

New York has multiple Mets–
a bloop and a blast
in Queens leads to victory–
what every fan dreams.

The Met of Lincoln Center,
its audience hushed,
awaits swelling arias
upon the lit stage.

Central Park surrounds the Met
in museum form–
inside, we reflect on how
art imitates life–
outside, life imitates art.

This somewhat nonsensical verse is a Kouta, with a theme that “reflects ordinary life and often uses colloquialism and onomatopoeia”. New Yorkers use the Met interchangeably for both the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And no one that I know of ever refers to the baseball Mets as The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, although I’ve occasionally heard them (derisively) referred to as The Metropolitans. This form was suggested by Reena for this week’s Tanka Tuesday prompt. I’ve also thrown in a chiasma at the end which was Larry Trasciatti’s prompt for W3 this week.

And of course, doors, for Thursday doors. Last week I showed the side and back of the Metropolitan Museum, and the first two photos today show the main entrance at the front. Above is one of the front side entrances, the one where members (like me!) go for an exclusive early morning viewing hour on Thursdays.

Here’s some of the ornamentation on the roofline.

I realize I need to take more photos the next time I go–from across the street, to get a larger picture of the entire building if I can, and I didn’t photo the fountain either, or get all the steps in. Here’s the right front side entrance with some windows.

and one of the corners

to be continued…

In the meantime you can always see more doors here at Thursday Doors, hosted by Dan Antion.

Someone once told me the NY on the Mets logo stands for “next year”. But of course these days, one could say that about the Yankees as well…

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54 responses to “What We Mean When We Say “The Met(s)” (Thursday Doors)”

  1. robbiesinspiration says :

    A most impressive building and I love the poem.

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  2. Ingrid says :

    If I ever get to NY, I will now know how to use the term ‘Met/s’ correctly: thank you!

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  3. Dan Antion says :

    I like the poem and the post. This was fun. The Mets had a pretty good run this year. Not as good as the Yankees, but they both ended up outside looking in. Then again, my team (Pirates) were looking in from much farther away.

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  4. Liz Gauffreau says :

    I really like your Kouta. I look foward to more pictures of The Met.

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Impressive building and a nice poem Marta.

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  6. Teagan Riordain Geneviene says :

    So many wonderful things in this post! I love all the carvings on the building. The baseball player sketch is filled with movement, which makes it marvelous. Hugs on the wing.

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  7. Aletha Kuschan says :

    I love this post. The poem, the bits of New Yorker talk, the quips, the photos, the magnificent, REAL Met (the art one, haha!). This post brings such a light-hearted mood. Makes me “love New York.”

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  8. merrildsmith says :

    Multiple Mets! Beautiful photos–I like how you caught the light hitting the building. I love the ornamentation on the roof.

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  9. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    I had no idea about all the Mets! The Met is such a stunning building. The frescos add something to the beauty I think. I like the Kouta form. I’ve been playing with it. Great fun, Kerfe. 💜

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  10. Sherry Felix says :

    The Tudor exhibit is cool. So is the tromploie compared to cubism exhibit at the Met.

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  11. murisopsis says :

    I loved the poem!

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  12. poetisatinta says :

    Love to go there if I get the chance of traveling to New York 🙂

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  13. ben Alexander says :

    Those two lines at the end with the chiasmus are something that I actually think about, Kerfe, as I’ve come across quotes that go both ways… and I wonder whether one is more true than the other, or whether it’s a 50-50 split… What do you think?


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  14. lesleyscoble says :

    I ❤️ NY, I ❤️ Central Park, I ❤️ the Met, and I ❤️ your poem 🌹

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  15. D. Wallace Peach says :

    That’s pretty funny how NYC has three Mets. Context is important. Lol. A fun poem, Kerfe.

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  16. jazzytower says :

    The Mets real name gave me the giggles, never knew that! Great shots of the Met. Love this post!😊


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  17. Gwen M. Plano says :

    I love all three Mets, but I especially love the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I could spend weeks there. ❤️

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  18. larry trasciatti says :

    When I was a kid in East Elmhurst, I lived so very close to the (then)Shea Stadium Mets. The other two Mets are so fab too~

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  19. Reena Saxena says :

    The last stanza induces a lot of sense.


  20. ben Alexander says :


    The lovely Murisopsis is hosting W3 this week:

    W3 Prompt #29: Wea’ve Written Weekly



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  21. ben Alexander says :

    Hi, Kerfe ❤

    This week's W3 prompt, hosted by the lovely Aishwarya, is now live!

    W3 Prompt #30: Wea’ve Written Weekly


    Much love,


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