Big Lift Ferry Poem F005

If tweets had to be haiku –
There’d be less regret –
From the thought required




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Another ferry ride home from tennis tonight, and another few poems. More specifically, a few haikus. This was the first.

Expanding on the thought from Haiku H044 that haikus could be tweets, I thought about how tweets would be different if they had to be haikus. The immediate answer that came to my mind was that those regrettable tweets done without thoughts, or as reactions on raw emotions, would not happen at nearly the same frequency, nor damage. That’s because one would have to stop to think about how to compose the thing into 17 syllables of some 7, 5 and 5 syllable line combination, and perhaps add something of a nature reference to it as should be if done very properly. That time alone, never mind the irregular speech required as people don’t talk in haiku format, would diffuse a lot of regrettable things. Even the same regrettable thoughts, if thought through in several “angles” to try and say it in haiku format, would probably reveal itself as potentially regrettable since one would have to turn down a few options on how to say it, quite possibly triggering the alert that something doesn’t sound right or would likely be misunderstood if said another way, and that maybe could be no matter how it were said.

And, if nothing else, the time required should calm one down a bit rather than blurting out regrettable things.

The 140 character limitation probably helps in the same ways since we don’t always talk in 140 character bits, either. However, that 140 character limitation is hardly a real good one because  lots of damaging short things can be said easily for sure! We don’t need any more proof of that already!

The F-series poems are part of a collection composed on my ferry rides across Halifax Harbour when the buses aren’t crossing the MacDonald bridge due to the Big Lift bridge redecking. This should keep happening until at least December 2016.


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