Big Lift Ferry Poem F069

Dude with long coat thought
He was intimidating –
Until he saw me –
Wearing my Matrix jacket –
Walking against a strong wind

05.20.16

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

I have a raincoat I designed and made that is essentially the jacket you see Neo wear in the Matrix movies, as pictured below (Neo, not me).

KEANU REEVES from Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' provocative futuristic action thriller THE MATRIX RELOADED. PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION

One of the few looks of some bad ass, or bad ass pretending characters, is that they like going around in long jackets. Well, I hate to tell them but my simple jacket looks a lot more intimidating than their scruffy stuff so full of stuff attached to it that it resembles a bulletin board without bulletins (just tacky thumb tacks, in other words).

Walking to the ferry in Dartmouth tonight, jacket flying in the wind, I saw one of these characters. Seeing him before he saw me, I saw the look on his face when he saw me in my jacket. He was quite taken aback, and didn’t look so tough any more. 🙂

I just smiled, nodded my head and walked on by.

He didn’t acknowledge me back, still trying to make sense of me. 🙂

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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