Big Lift Ferry Poem F032

One more bridge section replaced –
When will the old bridge –
Become the new bridge?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

The reason I have to be taking the ferry instead of buses to and from Dartmouth is because the MacDonald Bridge connecting Halifax and Dartmouth is undergoing a re-decking, where sections of the suspension bridge are being replaced one at a time. The ferry rides are why I am writing these poems in this collection, seeing an opportunity for myself to make good use of the time and inspiration from being out in the open on the waters.

This weekend, the bridge was closed for another whole section to be replaced, rather than the preparatory work that are the reasons for nightly closures. With the MacDonald Bridge being called the “old” bridge in comparison to the newer MacKay bridge at another point in the harbour, a philosophical question popped into my mind.

How many sections of the MacDonald Bridge would have to be replaced before it can be called the new bridge? Does they all have to be replaced? Half to make the bridge more new than old? Or maybe it’s just a new-“ish” bridge until all the re-decking is done. I just framed the question into haiku format here.

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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