A poem for a May evening

A neapolitain ice cream sky segues into night
in the southeast Saturn shines with steady golden light
trace the curve in the Big Dipper’s handle
and follow its arc to orange Arcturus
the fourth brightest star of the night


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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11 Responses to A poem for a May evening

  1. yamabuki says:

    The coldest of nights
    Carries Saturn’s old light
    Past the bear’s curved back
    And Arcturus’ lantern
    Straight to my lonely heart


  2. chris says:

    Lovely response. Thank you!

  3. Berit says:

    I enjoyed this star gaze with you. 🙂

    Thank you so much for the comment and inspiration on The Empty City site.

    Hope you will have a good day and fun writing.

    • chris says:

      Thanks for star gazing with me!
      I find the continuing tale of The Empty City to be most inspiring. Thanks for sharing the story on your site.

  4. wolfsrosebud says:

    Loved your opening line…

  5. Andy says:

    Very lovely. I also liked Yamabuki’s response too.

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  7. Being a starlover comes with being a skylover, of course…. I love the names of stars, and the constellations, and the mystery evoked as I look far out into space. Your poem has captured all of that for me.
    But that first line! I wish I’d written it myself: damn good.

  8. On a personal note, I would like to thank you most sincerely for your recent nomination for the Summer Poets Award. That means so much to me 🙂

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