Skating Poem S021

What do you call a
Failed attempt at portmanteau?
Maybe port-non-teau?
Do you think that could count as
As a bilingual pun?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

portmanteau is the combination of two words and their meanings into one. From Oval Poem O20, where I failed to get a portmanteau for winter and spring, came the idea for this haiku. That was before the realization expressed by the last two lines to make this a tanka, which should have a natural break of thought after the first three lines that need to be 5-7-5 for syllabic requirement.

The S-series poems were composed while I was out skating on the Halifax Emera Skating Oval, to squeeze in writing time in a life that is always getting busier.


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