Nature’s Alchemy

Leaves once green turn yellow
aspens whisper in the wind
lilting, leaves drift down
small creatures lose their cover
scamper on tree limbs

leaves resting on wet earth
await the shroud of snow
begin decomposition so
in spring they feed the land
nourishing new seedling trees

the seasons turn and turn
what was new and gold turns brown
the earth whispers secrets to the leaves
the alchemy of nature
the magic circle of rebirth

Written in response to a lovely poem by Yamabuki, called Fading Leaves.


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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2 Responses to Nature’s Alchemy

  1. Dear Chris,
    How was the book launch? sorry I couldn’t make it 😦 maybe next time. Since you’re a Montreal author and participate in various events in the English writing community, perhaps you’d like to participate in the recently-launched newspaper, The Write Place. You write lovely poems and they are looking for submissions for their December issue. Check out my blog for all the details and good luck 😉

  2. chris says:

    Hi Claudia,
    Thanks so much for the compliments, and for the info about The Write Place. I’m thinking about doing something for them.

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