Big Lift Ferry Poem F303

If your life story –
Could be represented as
A jigsaw puzzle –
How would you describe it now?
And when all is said and done?




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…


Try that exercise!

Don’t read on if you want to try it first without being influenced by my answer below.

For me, it’d be one of those 3D puzzles to begin with, not the typical flat picture 2D jigsaw puzzle. My puzzle would very incomplete right now, and there’d be no edge pieces. It would also be in several chunks not yet connected. Most of it would be very colourful, but there’d also some dark areas. The dark areas, though, would still have details in them like stars in the night sky, rather than just darkness.

When all is said and done, I hope my life story jigsaw puzzle would be a completed puzzle in terms of pieces. However, the object and image on it won’t be perfect, with some pieces looking damaged, when really they were just ambiguous in their nature. Certainly, the boundaries of my puzzle would not be straight like that on most jigsaw puzzles found. Rather, they’d be similar in nature to an incomplete puzzle so that what you’d have is something akin to an object still in growth, rather than one complete with all the edges perfectly framed. Finally, with all the details on all areas, it’d be interesting to look at from any angle, but still mysterious enough not to be sure what it were meant to be no matter how much you’d look at it from as many angles as you’d like.


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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