Noon cannon on Citadel Hill –
Has gone silent
When a new war has begun –
One fought without guns –
But rather with self-isolation
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
Halifax’s historic noon cannon firing is something I’m not exactly keen on, to be honest, living not far from it. However, I thought it ironic that in these times of self-isolation for the COVID-19 pandemic, what’s touted as being a war in some circles, that the war symbolic cannon has gone silent.
On a more practical note, routine is all important in times of massive change and uncertainty. Losing the noon cannon is losing a part of my routine otherwise, to self-isolate around noon to minimize exposure to the sudden blast that isn’t super predictable because it’s always a little bit off noon to anticipate the exact moment.