Big Lift Ferry Poem F023

Cities in colour –
While harbour in black and white –
Halifax photo
This anniversary of
The Halifax Explosion

12.06.15

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

On this 98th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, I had a chance to ride the ferry across the harbour where the explosion took place. Not the exact spot of the explosion, of course, but pretty close. It was the first time I had ever been on the waters on the anniversary of the explosion.

In the previous poem I wrote about the Halifax Explosion anniversary while on the ferry today, I realized the cities around the harbour had changed with time but not the harbour. I got this metaphorical image combining the two. with the modern cities of Halifax and Dartmouth in colour, and the harbour in black and white. Of course, if you knew this area, you’d also know I would be talking about the harbour looking outward and not inward, where there were two suspension bridges over a mile long each built since then. The redecking of one of them causing me to have to take the ferry is the reason why this collection exists.

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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