Tanka T123

Watching a protest –
From high above in a
Government building –
It’d be the ivory tower –
If I had any power




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I work in an office tower next to the provincial legislature where our provincial politicians meet. We have a pretty good view of all the protests from up above.

I could be accused of being a bureaucrat ignorant of the world in my ivory tower, as the idiom goes, except the truth is, I have no power to do anything about any of it. Or very little that would have negligible impact.

The tower I work in is not ivory.

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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