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Michele Reed
Poet
When traffic lights were first installed on Tipperary Hill, the proud Irish immigrant lads were offended to see the red of Britain above the green of Ireland and threw stones to break the lights. City officials soon tired of replacing the lights, only to have the boys break them again. So they installed the now-famous green-on-top traffic light.

I have heard it is the only one in the United State configured this way so I thought it was a part of our heritage that should be shared through the Poster Project, much the way the Stone Throwers Monument erected at the site shares the history with visitors.

I love to write haiku. Like meditation, it forces you to focus on the objective and reduce it to its simplest elements.

Stone throwers were right—
What would Tipp Hill be without
that green—on—top light?

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