Most practice focus –
But I focus my practice
On mind wandering –
Though always self-aware to
Capture the creative thoughts
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
Most people practice to focus better at some point in their lives. I do that. However, I devote more time on such mental practices for mind wandering, described as the experience of thoughts not remaining on a single topic for a long period of time, particularly when people are engaged in an attention-demanding task. My version of “mind wandering” practice is for appropriate times, though, like when trying to get new ideas rather than when I should be focusing. I got the focus thing down well enough when I need to, that I just need to decide to focus on it and I generally have it to a degree I’m happy with.
Getting one’s mind to wander well is a skill on its own! So is making sure one gets the details from it without disrupting the wandering or slowing it down much!
The W-series poems comprise mostly of haiku or tanka composed during walks I took on the portion of Halifax’s waterfront known as the Harbourwalk, in 2018, when the Seabridge was in place.