Harbourwalk Poem W230

A sprinter –
Running marathons –
A doer –
Working for government –
A liberal –
Living in Nova Scotia –
A life –
Of ironies

07.25.18

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Underachieving Us

​The more I see people
Pushing human potential –
The more I think
We are underachieving
As a species –
And that God could not
Have created us –
No God worth
Any amount of Divinity –
Would have created
Anything so imperfect –
And third rate –
As us

01.28.18

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Lent Relentments

For Lent –
I’m giving up

03.01.17

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Media Obituaries

Every single day – the media reports
That someone well-known had died –
Movie stars –
Athletes –
Scientists –
Scums –
Or any number of sorts of people –
Half of whom aren’t even really well-known

Personally –
I don’t care to know about many of these deaths –
Most of them are neither worthy
Nor deserving of my sympathy –
Or – for that matter –
Any sentiment from the majority of the world

So unless the deceased is someone
Really of prominence –
Or significance –
To the world or to our society –
I plead with the media

Please!

Don’t cry wolf regularly with those obituaries
Because when someone really important
Then passes away –
Few will notice and pay attention –
And it will only seem like another ordinary day –
Which would be – both –
A great shame and a great disrespect –
To the deceased

08.14.95 – 09.27.95

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.

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The Vietnamese’s Viet Nam War Memorial

The American Viet Nam Veterans’ Memorial –
One hundred and fifty metres of black granite walls
Engraved with 52,132 names of dead
Or missing in action Americans from the Viet Nam War

If Viet Nam had such a Memorial
To remember and honour her casualties in that War –
All of an estimated two and a half million of them –
That Wall would be over seven kilometres long –
And it would have a moat around it
To hold all the tears shed by its visitors

The length of that wall would be more
Than the distance some survivors could walk –
The number of names on that wall would have to be
The most sombre pattern ever created by man –
The sight of that wall would give new meaning
To the phrase ‘looking at Death’

However – such a Memorial for the Vietnamese
Could never be built –
Many of them died in entire families
And will forever be unaccounted for

The lack of such a Memorial for the Vietnamese –
Though – is definitely a blessing in disguise

If you don’t believe me –
Then just observe the scene any given day
At the American Viet Nam Veterans’ Memorial –
Then expand that scene –
Forty to fifty times – say –
And you will know exactly what I mean

09.06.95 – 09.27.95

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion
and published in Perspectives, ISBN 0-9686250-0-2.

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