Big Lift Ferry Poem F073

In my Matrix coat –
They should make me the masthead
Of this bland ferry –
Put me on the front railings –
Coat tails flying in the 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

 

This jacket flaps and flutters beautifully in the wind, being very light. While on the ferry tonight against light winds, I thought about how cool I’d look standing on the front rails like a masthead, giving the wind unimpeded access to the coat unlike being on the upper deck where the railings have glass panels to my chest height to block out a lot of the wind. Moreover, not only would the put me on the railings to be a masthead like many are on ships, but they could balance me in some martial arts pose like in the Matrix movies, to make me look even more impressive, with me looking the part, in character, at the same time!

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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