All things that I know in the world –
Are metaphorically connected
By some sort of string –
Some are ropes –
Some are twines –
Some are chains –
Some are fishing lines –
But all are connected –
02.21.95 – 02.22.95
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
This poem nicely summed up how I view everything in the world, whether the physical world, societal world or just the world we think of as “life”. I think it is all connected, with the only differentiations being the strength and kind of connection, whether weak or strong, visible or relatively invisible, cumbersome or not, etc.
I do live life and think about everything in this principle that is a form of my Theory of (Life) “Relativity”, where everything should be viewed relative to something else to best gauge context, that nothing is only limited in consequences unto itself. There’s just a practical cut-off somewhere we need to consider to be practical ourselves rather than hunting down nanoscale impacts elsewhere on all sorts of things. In this same way of believing everything to be connected so as to be affected by everything else, though, comes the logic that I could then make metaphors between anything and everything. The practical limit makes some metaphors more acceptable than others, but this realization was huge for my future attempts at creating metaphors for my poetry… or, in some cases, creating poetry for my metaphors that I thought were just brilliant, or at least brilliant enough to devote a poem to it. One Stanza Poem 008 might have just been the perfect example. It was written at about the same time and I probably did not consciously recognize what I was doing as I am only realizing now as I penned notes for this poem in Oct 2007.
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.