Big Lift Ferry Poem F054

Ev’ry time we say goodbye –
By Annie Lennox –
Always makes me cry




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Hit Play and read on. Ignore the public service announcement to start. It’s got nothing to do with what I’m about to write.

The haiku I wrote above, that’s not the entire truth. I have to stop myself if I don’t want to cry listening to that song. However, rarely have I done it, realizing the power this remarkable rendition of the Cole Porter classic has over me. I either turn it off if I’m not in a situation to enjoy it at full power over me, or I enjoy it at full power.

Out on the slightly rough open waters of Halifax harbour on the ferry ride home tonight, I enjoyed the song at full power in an environment unlike I’ve ever enjoyed it, usually along, inside and very quietly. There were people around me tonight, but they were all behind me so they couldn’t have seen my crying. The wind was strong and the ride was bumpy and splashy. The ocean water didn’t reach my face, but my salty tears streaming down were a good substitute.

The song is sad, but I don’t find any version comes close to Annie Lennox’s version. Probably in part because it’s done far too fast for my taste to feel so sad. Take this beautiful rendition by Ella Fitzgerald, for example.

A lilt and rhythm probably doesn’t help. Just a touch here or there of the piano to punctuate or accentuate a few points every so gently, like with Annie Lennox’s version, that’s more my style.

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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