I make lights and place them –
To shed light on things –
Not keep the lights on
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
Doing something “to keep the lights on” is an expression to describe doing routine maintenance type of work, In my field of work of analysis, sometimes that is done. Sometimes I have to do it, too. There’s value for some of it. However, what I’m best at when it comes to analysis, if you want to use that metaphor, is to make lights and place them in the proper spot to shed light on things. That is, be inventive and creative to do the analysis, and know when to use it, to reveal insights, not just do routine stuff to spit back what I got fed… which is about as attractive as that metaphor. 🙂
The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.