still now
breathe slowly
pay attention
the earth breathes with you


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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4 Responses to Breathe

  1. Berit says:

    Loved this!

    Especially the first lines and how they are distributed. 🙂

    Nice moment!

    • chris says:

      Hi Berit,
      Thanks! I was aiming for something that grew with each line. Found it funny that the fourth line has more syllables than the third, yet is shorter because of spelling. Also, the first two short syllables of that line flow into eachother, making them into one breath.

  2. Sweepy Jean says:

    Lovely, this reads nicely in a breath! One of my favorite short forms! 🙂

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