I am back –
In Halifax –
From southern latitudes –
With new attitudes
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
It’s not everyday I get to use latitudes in poetry, then rhyme it, but this was the perfect example. Returning from family vacation in the US, I was heading home to a new and much better job than I had (after a few weeks’ transition). I had some new challenges facing me with this new job, and I had some goals, life direction changes, and other things I needed to get on with. I was in a totally different state of mind than when I left in the old job, not knowing if I had gotten this new job awaiting the decision, and possibly making a career change, possibly location and employer change with it, if I hadn’t gotten it!
Need I say more about new “attitudes” I had coming home?
The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.