One Stanza Poem O003

My heart – in its loveless demise –
Lived as free as the birds that fly –
But like them – the birds that fly –
I would rather have had another
With whom to share the skies

09.09.94 – 12.04.94



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.



Notes to this poem…

This poem seems pretty self-explanatory to me. Being single has its freedom and fun, but being able to share all the good things in life with someone meant more to me. You could take it with regards to love, friendship, family or otherwise, though the way it was written and the specific emotion that inspired the poem was with a special someone to love. Writing this note in Oct 2007, everything in that previous sentence still holds true for me, somewhat unfortunately.

The novel writing environment for this poem was in flight at about 16,000 feet at 440 mph while on my way to Washington with three other members of the Dalhousie University Campus Challenge General Knowledge Team. The story was told in One Stanza Poem 002, but because I had made a few word changes to the rough draft in early December, this poem came to be placed after One Stanza Poem 002. Apparently, I had patience not to rush a little poem through to completion just so I could increase my poem numbers. No real poet does that, of course, to push a poem through just to increase output numbers, but I tend to be rather impatient with leaving little pieces unfinished. If and when I do, usually, it was because I would have forgotten about them.

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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