Running Poem R001

Halifax celebrated
Christmas July style
In 20-15




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you had a pleasant holiday so far, and that the rest of it will be even better despite presents already having been opened.

I plan to be taking up, or re-taking up, a bunch of activities in 2016 that I did not do or do much of in 2015. That means I will have less time for poetry composition that was part of my writing hobby revival in 2015. I didn’t want to lose that resurgence so I have come up with innovative ways to multi-task, if you will, in order to get more done in the same amount of time available. One of the things I will be doing more of in 2015 is distance running. I used to do a ton of it, and never thought to leave a little time in each to compose short poetry from whatever might inspire me on the run. Inspired by my relatively recent idea to compose poetry while having to take the ferry between Halifax and Dartmouth due to bridge redecking, I came up with this idea to compose poetry while out running on an impromptu Merry Christmas run this morning. That’s the kind of run where I say Merry Christmas to as many people as I can, some across the street or far away from me, even. It’s not too crowded in downtown Halifax streets Christmas morning so it’s actually practical to do.

Christmas this year was very warm. We’ll see about warmest on record. It’s like 14 degrees Celcius or 57 Fahrenheit now! I’m betting it is! I ran in shorts, though I was still wimpy to wear a long sleeve and even wool gloves when I ran this morning at single digit degrees Celcius. That warm weather and the expression of “Christmas in July” inspired this short haiku.

The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.


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