Dinner

The rain drums hard
upon the land.
The earth is waterlogged.
Under the robin’s watchful eye,
the worms come up for air.

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About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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6 Responses to Dinner

  1. Nice. I find myself reading it across the punctuation at the end, say, making lines 3 & 4 a single thought, then having 5 be the singular line instead of 3. This is not a suggestion, just a description of part of my experience with it. I enjoy this poem.

  2. chris says:

    Interesting thought, Matthew, because I had debated having one worm, or more robins. In the end, the worms stayed plural, because the inspiration for this poem came from the way the ground can become littered with worms escaping death by drowning when it rains. Yesterday, the roads here were paved with worms.

    I stayed with just one robin because I liked the image of a single bird having so much to choose from. You have me saying the poem to myself with different numbers of lines now. 🙂 Thanks for your comments.

  3. Berit says:

    I can see the robin’s eye as he surveys his land. 🙂

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