Waiting for Dinner

grey jacket
tattered hem
barrel chest
rust-coloured waistcoat
foppish lemon yellow
boots on matchstick legs
waiting
in the shadows

waiting
white monocle
’round a watchful eye

dinner
red tartare
on an earthen plate
yellow boots flash
robin red breast
runs out of the shadows
pounces
gobbles the worm

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About Chris

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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13 Responses to Waiting for Dinner

  1. D. D. Syrdal says:

    This is wonderful! I love that it’s a bird, very clever 🙂

  2. Berit says:

    Like this line especially:
    “dinner
    red tartare
    on an earthen plate”

    What kind of bird is this? A Robin?

  3. red tartare
    on an earthen plate

    Great detailing, very creative.

  4. Quirina says:

    Love this … you definitely made Mr. Red Robin such a gentlemen, until he started gobbling …

  5. Very clever! How did you come up with that one? Do you do bird watching? I like the title because it threw me off….I was expecting something else 😉

    • chris says:

      I was watching a robbin in my yard. I do some birdwatching, but I’ve never been on a serious expedition. Will have to try it one day.

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