One Stanza Poem O027

The expression never say never –
Contradicts itself by example –
With the recurrence
Of the particular occurrence
In giving the advice –
Never say never –
Never –
Is said twice

06.05.95

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

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Notes to this poem…

Just an irony to the expression “Never say never” that I noticed and put into rhyme. Need I say more?

Actually, yes. It wasn’t as well done as I’d have liked it to be but I just fixed it in writing this note. If you really care what it was, you can either come to my place and look for the two self-published copies of my Perspectives poetry collection in which it can be found in its original form… or check in the National Archives in Ottawa because there are two copies there, too.

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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