Word Playground

slide off one tongue
roll off another
see-saw on a third
in the language playground

Thanks to @Marousia who supplied the inspiration for this poem, which is my reply to one she posted on Twitter:

Words/ wanted to see /what they could become /on other tongues

Marousia’s poetic tweet is a teaser, a taste of a luscious longer poem she calls Purple Abandon (love the title!) which she posted  on her blog for dVerse Poets Open Link Night, Week 7.


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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10 Responses to Word Playground

  1. Toni Dockter says:

    Love both poems! Love how much can be said with so few words.

  2. chris says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting Toni! I was tempted to make this a longer poem, but in the end decided it said everything I wanted it to say, in just these five lines.

  3. Claudia says:

    i like the playfulness in this..and the possibilities that comes with it as well…words, the interaction…conversation…strings of life sparkling from the tongue…beautiful chris

  4. Pat Hatt says:

    So true, such fun can comes from words and conversation, of course not all the time though..haha…great write, five lines was all you needed, nicely done!

  5. brian says:

    ha. playful…hopefully they are fun words since they are having so much of it in the playground…no bullies now…smiles.

  6. tashtoo says:

    You’ve penned a perfect response to perfect inspiration…very cool! Enjoyed both, much!

  7. ayala says:

    Fun and playful…very nice!!!!

  8. Short, sweet and sharp with truth and an interesting image!

  9. smart.
    love the short style.


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