Tanka T038

The fog movement in
Halifax harbour today
Resembled a tongue –
Slowly licking some ice cream –
Over and over again




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

In Halifax harbour, the fog sometimes rolls in over the water like a thick, flat tongue, but not much over the waterfronts of the cities to either side. Today, it not only happened once, but at least several times that I saw. Given the water would have been colder than the day due to the fog, I thought of it as ice cream that is cold liquid with water in it, and this tongue going over it slowly as fog doesn’t move as quickly as a tongue slurping ice cream.

The poems titled Tanka, followed by a number, are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.


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