Haiku H200

Walking with the waves –
At their speed on a rooftop –
Until out of space




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

The 200th haiku in this collection of haiku composed while I’m not engaged in a physical activity like running, though I am walking in this one.

I am atop the Seaport Farmers’ market in Halifax here. It is located right by the ocean, on a big wharf into the water so the waves hit the side of building foundation. I came out before lunch at a work event and saw the wind blowing the waves slowly in the direction of the walkway. The waves were moving slowly enough I realized I could walk at their speed for an interesting experience. That’s what I did, but ultimately ran out of space on the rooftop in about 20 metres. Still, it was enough for a nice experience that I repeated it several times and composed this haiku while doing so to capture the moment and experience.

The H-series poems comprise of haiku composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Haiku collection.


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