fever-driven dreams
tree shadows
gyre and gimble
across the walls

dreams interweaving
twisted in sheets
fever-altered states

endless night
yet captivated
these are the best dreams


Written for a friend with a bad case of the flu. High fever can bring on fantastical dreams and blur the boundaries between waking and sleeping.
Day 21, poem 21 for NaPoWriMo.

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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8 Responses to lucid

  1. mark says:

    You used gimble in a poem! I love it!

    Even as I was reading the last stanza, I thought to myself, this sounds like my head when I have the flu.

    • chris says:

      I use the word in my thoughts sometimes. It is so suitable. It may have been invented as a nonsense wordk but to me, it’s always made sense.

  2. claudia says:

    smiles…i like it much chris..sometimes it’s good to be in that space where dreams and reality blur and offer us new perspectives on life and things..

  3. claudia says:

    oh…and thanks for the virtual cherry cake…hmmmm…was delicious…smiles

  4. Lurid says:

    Ah, yes yes! You know I love this.

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