Tanka T050

Detoured around block
To avoid sure encounters
With some panhandlers –
But still ran into one so
This haiku became tanka

5.28.16

.

———————————————————————————————————————

Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

———————————————————————————————————————

.

Notes to this poem…

The panhandlers in Halifax are mostly on just a handful of blocks, thankfully. I don’t like encountering them, walking past them and often will choose my walking routes to avoid them. These choices are often just a matter of taking one route or another, going from opposite corners of a rectangle via two sides or the other two sides. Today, though, one such panhandler block was in my path. I had walked this block on Barrington street twice each day for the past two days already, not often doing so at all. As a result, I resolved to go up a block to Argyle, walk past it, then come back down to Barrington. It was good for the mind, as well as the body with the little extra walking. How could I lose, right?

As I walked, I composed the first three lines of this poem as a haiku to capture the thought and experience. Not a proper haiku about nature, unless you count human nature, but I’ve never limited my haiku to nature. But then a panhandler walking around to bum for cigarettes, rather than being stationary on a street asking for money, crossed my path and asked me for cigarettes. Well, at least I could tell the truth I didn’t have any, whereas I’d be lying in saying I didn’t have money to spare. However, encountering this guy negated my haiku and turned it into a lie of sorts! Instead of throwing away a good poem, though, I resolved to add a few more lines and turned the haiku into a tanka form, and documented that, too. 🙂

You know, if my poetry were worth anything monetarily, I’d give the guy some money for the conversion. 🙂

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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s