Big Lift Ferry Poem F086

A little water
Never hurts anybody –
So I rode home on
The ferry upper deck –
Despite some cold rain falling




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

A little water never hurts anybody is an expression I like to use regarding having to go out in the rain. There was a slightly cold rain today, at about 12 degrees Celcius, which felt colder with the wind and not being all that warmly dressed. Despite this, I chose to ride the ferry home on its upper deck without overhead cover. After all, I had ridden it in sub-zero temperature, though not in any heavy precipitation. I had also ran entire marathons in heavier rain in less clothing at about 5 degrees Celcius. That would have been Los Angeles in 2000 when I was taken to the emergency tent and wrapped up like a mummy upon finishing at about 3:28.

So for the sake of being “tough”, which wasn’t really tough, I stuck it out in the rain on the upper deck. It wasn’t all that bad, as it turned out.

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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