One Stanza Poem O035

Everybody in society today
Seems to be looking for an identity –
One which they can call their own –
One which is different from everyone else’s –
One which is theirs –
And theirs alone –
Too bad most don’t realize
That looking for it is their demise

06.17.95

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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…

Do I need to say much about this poem? I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. It was just something I concluded observing a lot of people around me in my life at the time just after graduating with an Honours B.Sc. at Dalhousie University. Ironically, I was looking for mine not long before that until deciding I would like to pursue graphic design to follow my heart and do something I loved rather than my head that said I was best for this or that. The story panned out with a move to Vancouver and a struggle that eventually led to succcess in working as a graphic designer as I lived on my own and came into my own being in many other ways I retain to this day without the overcaring Parents over my shoulders all the time. However, the graphic design thing was not something I retain today, although the skills has proven itself damn useful everywhere I’ve worked since because I was the “easy out” for graphic design work that my employers needed over the years. I am, in fact, working on a website design project among my many duties in my current job as a Regulatory Analyst with the Province of Nova Scotia government.

Interestingly enough, on the issue of identity, there are probably more than a few people I know who thinks I am looking for mine because of all the things I end up trying and doing. For the record, the only thing that has to do with identity is my zest for life and love for learning that I am doing all of this. Well, that’s not entirely true. My identity is a Renaissance Man, not to try and be one, but being one for all the things I do and succeed at in life. I am not seeking an identity. The identity is seeking for things to make me who I am destined to be.

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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