Big Lift Ferry Poem F151

Reaching for the sky –
To realign a few stars –
More in my favour –
Moved a planet by mistake –
And now Mars is mad at me!

06.20.16

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

I made this a separate poem despite encompassing the haiku that was Big Lift Ferry Poem 150 within it, because it’s a completely different tone of self-deprecating humour and not aspiration. If the two were expressing the same thought in different ways, I’d have called this 150b and the other 150a instead.

I got the idea from realizing I couldn’t really tell which “star” in the sky was a star and which were planets. I’d be right for the most part that they’d have been stars, but I could be wrong if I were unlucky as the streak I’m on. Mars was in the sky, and is the god of war, whose rage you’d probably not want to face. It was the perfect candidate for my tanka, though I’m pretty sure I picked it out in the sky and didn’t try to move it. 🙂

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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