One Stanza Poem O156

Farewell 20-15 –
Parting is such sweet sorrow –
Hello 20-16 –
Here’s to a sweet tomorrow




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

The farewell poem for 2015, pretty much summing up how I felt about the transition from 2015 to 2016.

2015 was a pretty good year for me in many ways. Not the least of this was the 160 short poems I had written. That increased my previous output over a few decades by about 50%, though to be fair, most of my earlier stuff were much harder to write being in stricter forms and longer in length with more details and depth. I have published over 100 here, with about 50 still to go in the Viet Nam Haiku collection, Tales of an Expat Tourist, that I haven’t been very good to be timely in posting the poems one at a time. That’s happening that way because each poem comes with stories I wanted to write and share, which I don’t always have time to do on schedule.

2015 I worked to reclaim writing that used to be a bigger part of my life, fitting it in more efficiently into everything else I was doing rather than not being as efficient and not producing much in recent years. I also dedicated some time for writing a nonfiction short story, a fictional short story, and a novelette over 3 days in the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. The latter two don’t have links to them because they are in contests awaiting results, and I can’t publish it before then without getting disqualified from judging. They will be on my regular blog, when I can publish them. The novelette will be in chapters as it’d be a massive read all at once at over 30,000 words!

In 2016, I’ll work to reclaim photography that used to be a bigger part of my life, in a similar way to the writing in 2015, without giving up the poetry writing, at least. See the activity poetry word I coined for how I’ll be doing that. With photography, the “activity” equivalent will be more like documentary photography, capturing things I see when I’ll only have a phone camera with me, rather than more serious digital SLR. It’s part of my way to “modernize” my digital photography, as is sharing it on social media via my new Instagram account Santa got me for Christmas, with a name I like and can easily tell people that someone else hadn’t taken! One such example of these documentary photos is this one.

All the best to all of you for 2016! Thank you so much for stopping by to read my work. I hope to have more time to read yours in 2016!

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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