Big Lift Ferry Poem F018

A big empty bridge –
Closed for construction –
Like some bridges in my life




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…


Closure of the MacDonald bridge connecting Halifax and Dartmouth is why I am taking the ferry that I rarely ever take before, and the reason for these F-series poems. They are replacing the entire mile long suspension bridge, section by section, what’s known as the Big Lift. Today, they were in the middle of replacing one of these sections as I was on the ferry, as shown in the photo below. Trying to relate the poem to something more than just a description, I related it to the metaphor about bridges in life to represent relationships, the kind they warn you not to burn. With few words available in a haiku, I related it to bridges in my life, but I have no such bridges in said condition. If they weren’t in good condition, I’d have repaired them long ago, or burned them. I don’t leave bridges in my life like this. 🙂

big lift photo

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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