The girl of my dreams
And I are parallel lines –
Or so it would seem
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
This was an impromptu haiku written upon seeing the graphic below posted on Facebook by a friend named Susan B.
It was the comment that parallel lines “have a lot in common” that triggered my thought process on to the haiku. I have been saying for a long time now that the girl of my dreams would have a lot in common with me, “at a high level”, or “in concept”, so to speak. That is, she might like sports, but it didn’t, and preferably to some extent, not the same ones I liked. She might like crafts, but not necessarily sewing. She would be smart, but maybe would prefer sciences I’m not interested in and/or good at. That is, we’d have some things in common to share, and some different things in the details from which to learn from the other. But ultimately, as I joked, she’d be a bit of a clone of me more than an opposite. Opposites attract in science, not love, is my belief. The opposites that attract are complements, rather than opposites that would create friction. It’s a general theory that doesn’t hold up all the time, of course, like any generality, but it’s one I believe correct more times than not.
Anyhow, it was that thought of commonality in my theory of attraction and being single and being very difficult to find a clone giving my general well-rounded nature, that formed the thoughts for those 17 syllables in a haiku. It was late at night. I didn’t have time to think of anything more having to work in the morning, not that I’m writing poetry much these days. So after a few mixes of thoughts and words, I thought I could get a haiku from my brain. Then a few refinements and counting of syllables, one fix of word because the initial thought didn’t have the correct number of syllables, and voilà!
The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.