Big Lift Ferry Poem F017

Wind racing the sea –
One I feel and one I see –
Faster feels the sea




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

On this ferry ride during the day, the wind was blowing mightily. Naturally, the harbour waves were also strong, and going in the same direction. That’s where I got the idea they were racing each other. Then came the natural question of which was faster? Measured, the wind would be, of course. However, i didn’t have anything with which to measure besides my senses. I could see the waves, but not the wind. We were out far enough on the water that it was even hard to see trees on shore moving due to the wind. They actually weren’t, for some reason. Must have been buildings shielding them, and the strongest part of the wind over the water.

I might not have been able to see the wind, but I definitely felt it as windchill. Since sight and feel, as in physically feeling, are two different things, to answer my question, I did a play on words to say the sea felt (seemed) faster, to hint I meant feeling by emotion and not physically feeling as if I had said the wind was faster. It also kept the triple “see” pronunciation rhyme scheme. 🙂

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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