Big Lift Ferry Poem F055

On open water –
Listening to Beethoven’s
Moonlight Sonata –
Without a moon to be seen
In clear, open skies tonight




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Start the video, then read.

For reference, it’s the second night of the last quarter in the moon phase tonight. However, whether due to rising time and/or some clouds in the sky, I did not see any hint of a moon in the big open sky which one has a view of on the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry upper deck during the ride.

I didn’t even think about the moon thing until Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata came through on my iPod. It’s been a really long time since I had intentionally listened to that gorgeous first movement and looked at the moon for the full immersion experience. Naturally, when the piece came on, I looked for the moon. To my surprise, I didn’t find it. I thought there’d at least be a bit of a moon. All I got instead was rough seas and howling winds that could still be heard whistling through my earbuds and my ears.

Strange. 🙂

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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