Tiny Miracles

Seed trays fill the window sills;
from each cell bend two sprouts
seeking the source of light.

I double-seed lest some don’t take;
this year they’ve all come up.
Bristling in their cells.

I sketch their futures on note paper;
each year, the garden’s different.
according to my whims.

Herbs in front of feathery carrots,
tomatoes beside the garlic.
Cilantro everywhere.

Though the sun’s rays warm my skin,
the frost still comes at night;
I wait impatiently.

Moving seedlings to bigger pots,
my forest of miniature trees;
I dream of the middle of May.

Seedlings burgeon; a miniature forest
I wait for the seed leaves to fall
and dream of planting day.

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 Tiny Miracles

  1. Eve Redwater says:

    This is so sweet. I love the way seedlings just burst out of the soil from a teeny-tiny seed, nature at its best! I love the “feathery carrots” and the process you take to draw out your gardening plans, I could see it unfold in my mind. 🙂 Really like it!


    • chris says:

      Thank you Eve! I’m always amazed at how a hard, dry little seed can hold a giant tree. I was looking at my tomato seeds, and imagining them as the full-sized plants covered in red fruit that they will be at the end of the summer. Glad you like it.

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