One Stanza Poem O021

If upon opening one’s eyes –
One sees that above –
Darkness hovers –
Then from beneath the cloud covers –
There –
Each day is a sunny day –




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



Notes to this poem…

I had the concept for this poem while on a plane to Montreal whereby it was ugly weather at the airport until we rose above the clouds, at which time it became sunny, of course, and I had the epiphany written about here, that above the clouds, there are no clouds to make a cloudy day! Please see Notes to One Stanza Poem 015 for reasons of my trip to Montreal.

If passenger records showed my claim to be wrong, then the date attributed to this poem would be wrong because I might not have written down the poem immediately when I first thought it out, but that moment was its inspiration. Regardless, it was the epiphany moment that was most important to me.

I love epiphany moments!

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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