Cruise Poem C37

The mångata 
Seen in British Columbia –
Looks quite similar –
To the mångata
Seen in Nova Scotia 




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Mångata is the Swedish word for the reflection of the moon on water that looks like a road to the moon, which is what it translate to. It’s a gorgeous word, in my opinion, and has been used plenty of times among my poetry in the past year since I learned of it, living near water in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Knowing what mångata is, then, it’s obvious it looks the same. Water is pretty much water that the light reflects off, even if water has a thousand different forms pending the weather and where it’s held geologically. But it’s generally the same if the same or similar conditions exist, like an inlet, straight, harbour, etc. in calm weather. 🙂

Note that by this last night of cruising, we were in Canadian waters passing towns on Vancouver Island and the mainland to the other side, rather than Alaskan waters up to now. Hence, the reference to British Columbia rather than Alaska.

These cruise poems were written on my first ever cruise between September 2nd and 9th, from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia. Most were written at night on my limited down time from family, in the dark of the Helideck at the front of the ship, often alone beneath the night skies of Alaska.



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