Big Lift Ferry Poem F172

The Starlight Express –
Slightly short tonight –
Only 27 cars




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

A cargo train often comes into Dartmouth late in the evenings or in the middle of the night. It always had to blow its whistle for safety due to some cheap condo developers at King’s Wharf who didn’t put up money for a safety fence. The whistle was loud enough I could hear it on the Halifax side of the harbour, leading me to give that train the name the Starlight Express, after the musical.

The one that came in tonight didn’t look long, with 27 cars, though I am probably wrong. I don’t know why I think it should have been longer. But, oh well. The poem had been written. 🙂

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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