Big Lift Ferry Poem F091

The submarine moved
Before the next ferry went –
For me to get on –
For a better look and to
Write some poems about it




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I technically didn’t get on the ferry for this poem. However, it counts as I was at the terminal and other poems I had started composing while in the terminal. Besides, it is about the ferry ride, after all. Just one I didn’t take.

There was a Canadian navy submarine parked in the middle of the harbour for at least an hour. By the time I spotted it from my apartment window and rushed out to see it, hoping to get much closer look via the ferry that was running around it, it had started to move out to sea. I wasn’t going to get a good look on a ferry ride since the two were going in different directions away from each other by that time. So all I could do was write a poem about poems I might have written had I gotten on the ferry for the look I wanted.

I should point out the Canadian military censors are out and about on these less than complimentary posts about their Navy. Normally, every Instagram post made and hashtagged gets at least one, usually a handful of Likes, from random people looking out for things or bots. “Nobody” seems to Like these photos with the action figures, though, and two immediate likes for the photo from my apartment before it all shut down.

That’s my “conspiracy theory” at least. 😉

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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