Join a party of hundreds –
Or find your space and solace –
Both are possible –
Skating on the Oval
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
The Halifax Emera Skating Oval typically has at least 200 people on it during public skates. I would venture to guess more like 300-400 average. It does feel like a really big party with lots of people around you laughing, smiling, talking, taking selfies, etc.
Lots of socialization goes on there, of course, but if you go on your own like I often do, you’d have to start conversation, assert yourself into other groups of people, even your friends sometimes who went with their closer friends or family. I don’t work at trying to meet people at the Oval when I go skating. It’s something I do when I can fit it in. Same reasons as why I dropped running with groups, trying to get more done in my life. However, it’s not unfriendly in that people shun you if you try to assert yourself. It’s like any other place where you’d try the same thing, really. But because of this small groups atmosphere, you can easily just go by yourself for a few hours on end and never talk to anybody. You don’t even need earphones for it, though I often have them on with my own music that certainly doesn’t invite socialization. I’m not trying to socialize and complaining for lack of it. I’m just describing it to you so you can understand how easily it is to just find your own space and solace there despite having hundreds of people around you! That’s how what I’m trying to say in this poem works.
That was a weird last sentence with “how what”. 🙂