The fortune in my fortune cookie
On occasion of this Vietnamese New Year –
Said that in the coming year –
A wish which I have held dear
For some time would soon be fulfilled –
This Valentine’s Day –
I’ll once more be wishing for you –
I hope my fortune will soon come true!
01.29.95 – 01.30.95
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
This was just a cutesy little poem I wrote about a true event during the days leading up to the Vietnamese New Year, which is really just the Vietnamese’s version of the Asian New Year, in 1995. Fortune cookies and other means of sharing fortunes are common at the New Year’s celebrations and when I got one that basically said something I had wished for would soon come true, I just wished for some girl I was probably just fancying for the moment. I don’t remember having a big crush on anyone at the time, certainly didn’t end up having the wish come true and probably was just focused on writing a lot of love poems in the second person as if I were writing them for someone. I found, and still do find, love poems addressed in the second person, to you, a lot more enjoyable to read, from a book or especially to someone. There are days, I tell ya, I wished I belonged to some poetry club just to be able to read romantic poems to girls. It probably seems the easiest thing to do but if you think about it, it’s kind of awkward just to ask, as much as all the girls would tell you they’d love to have some guy read romantic poems to them.
Well, if they’re reading this and really feel that way, they can contact me and sign up. 🙂
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.