Big Lift Ferry Poem F026

Morning tint of gold –
Morning angle of shadows –
Morning tone of blue –
How Halifax and harbour
Looked this Saturday morning




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

On this first ferry ride early in the morning, possibly ever for me despite living in Halifax for decades now, I saw the cities of Halifax and Dartmouth, and the harbour separating them, from the harbour perspective in the morning sunlight. It generally looked the same as at other times of the day, of course, but in the morning light. How was that different? Well, the sun was a morning tint of golden that’s different from an afternoon sort of golden. I’ve seen shadows cast from the buildings and ships many a times in the daylight from the harbour, but not at the angle in the morning light due to the sun being in the east. And that water just has a morning tone of blue with a touch of green in it.

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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