Tanka T115

Night light icicles –
On the still harbour’s surface –
Hanging from nowhere –
On a windless summer night –
In the middle of summer




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Traveling to the airport before dawn, I saw reflections of lights from Dartmouth on the opposite shore, on an uncommonly still harbour surface. The way physics works, the many angles which the spots of lights can bounce off the water and still hit your eyes elongate the light sources to make them look like icicles. These would be made of light, and hanging from wherever the gentlest angle the light can be to hit your eyes, which is just a little off the water’s edge on the other side.

The T-series poems are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.


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