Exotic Birds

Orange birds
purple eyed
flutter in sunlight
posed on one wiry leg
those audacious poppies


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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16 Responses to Exotic Birds

  1. on birds wings
    audacious colors
    enter my mind’s eye
    lightly they flutter
    their beautiful poetry


  2. Hi Chris,
    Do you do some bird watching? It’s a coincidence you wrote about exotic birds because one of my colleagues showed me yesterday different websites with live cams, recording exotic birds around the world 🙂
    Are you familiar with this?

    • chris says:

      Hi Claudia,
      I watch everything in nature. Birds, flowers, bugs, you name it. I’d spend my days watching buds open and leaves unfurl if I could.

      I’ve come across a few interesting live cams of birds, including an aerie full of tiny eaglets. Fascinating! Haven’t seen one of exotic birds yet. I’ll check it out.
      Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting.

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  4. Claudia says:

    …audacious poppies…this is beautiful..wish we had orange birds with purple eyes over here…they would make my mornings i guess..

    • chris says:

      Hi Claudia,
      How strange; I replied earlier, and it seems WordPress has eaten it. :/ Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting. Gibts dann keine Poppies in Deutschland?

  5. Just beautiful. I so admire how you capture an image with such clarity in so few words – that’s an art.

  6. brian says:

    lovely moment you capture…being a nature fan myself, i find myself at home usually in the forest among animal friends..it is a unique bird and imagine it quite the sight…

  7. Pat Hatt says:

    Yes the endless bounty supplied by nature, great moment you captured.

  8. lynne h says:

    Oh my..a perfect read for my last read of the night..
    think i’ll come back if you don’t mind and read some more of your words..

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