Big Lift Ferry Poem F236

The person I was
Twenty years ago –
Would have loved who I am now

07.21.16

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

Ever do that mental exercise where you imagine what your younger self would have thought of you today? It could be quite the interesting exercise, depending on how well you imagine and how realistically you act out your younger self.

I recently did this exercise, again. It’s a regular occurrence for me to make sure I’m on a path I want to be in life, and this exercise is one of the approaches I take to judge and critique myself. However, this time it was a bit impromptu as I was collecting one stanza poems I wrote to post on Instagram (account deleted due to time required that I don’t have). The first of those poems were written over 20 years ago. Looking at them got me thinking about the person I was then, and I naturally turned it around to recall what I thought I’d be doing and what I’d be like at this point in life. There are some stark differences, for sure, but I know my younger self would have more than approved despite his vision not having turned out as envisioned. The concept was there, to be a Renaissance Man. The details are different, like in what, and the lack of a significant other and family, but that’s more to do with the very conservative environment I live in than with me. I’ve become more than I ever thought I could be once upon a time with athletics, humour, artistic abilities in several genres from word to visual to fashion, etc.

Happy ending to the exercise! 🙂

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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