Big Lift Ferry Poem F141

The sky is bigger –
When you’re up higher –
With the horizon lower




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Just the facts! If you were up high, the horizon is lower to you compared to someone at a lower elevation. That gap would only be filled by the sky, all things being equal compared to the person lower than you looking at the same horizon. It’d be a lot more sky, too, since if you draw out the view like a circle, it’s like adding an outer ring. If you know your math, or just draw it out on paper, you’d see the area covered by that outer ring is pretty large compared to any similar width ring closer to the centre.

Ironic that I would think about being up high and a bigger sky, while on the ferry at sea level that’s the lowest point of pretty much anything I could see. That meant I’d have been seeing the minimum sky size, unlike the view from Citadel Hill in Halifax that’s the highest natural vantage point in the city.

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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