I saw her again today –
She – who once entranced me in the past –
She – who I once regarded as –
How shall I say?
A piece of the Celestial –
In the realm of the terrestrial
06.17.95 – 06.18.95
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.
Notes to this poem…
I can still remember it today. Somewhere out on a jog on Dunbrack Street that was basically a suburban highway, when I was out for a jog just to exhaust myself from some frustrations because that was the only reason I ever jogged back then, and not every time I was frustrated with life either cause sometimes I went to pound tennis balls against a wall till my arms fell off. Out of whatever I was thinking about at the time, which was nothing related to this poem because I had to go home and compose it afterward from scratch, I realized the words “celestial” and “terrestial” rhymed and that it could be useful for a poem where I could describe something, or likely someone, who looked like or was Heaven on Earth, without being too cliché.
As mechanical as the process was to recognize the rhyme and its potential use, so was the poem. I didn’t even think about anybody in writing it. It was just a nice little romantic poem of mechanical origins.
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.