Skating Poem S031

The Oval dies a
Death of ten million cuts –
Each skating session –
Each stride by each skater carves
A tiny slice out of it




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Not many people were out this Friday morning which I had off and decided to go to the 830 session. Seeing the cuts one man ahead of me made on the Oval with his skates, skating rather quietly and gently, I thought of the expression death by a thousand cuts. Some quick mental math followed and I estimated that about ten million cuts would be made during a typical 2 hour skating session. That’d be 700 people x 2 hours x 2 strides a second x 3600 seconds an hour or 10.08 million cuts!


But here’s to abstract thinking! 🙂

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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