Tet: A Meal … by Laura Marie Clark


Lunar New Year is a time

For relaxation, celebration, salutation

And great joy for all. Flags unfurl,

Hanging from every building,

Swaying with the same energy that infects

Everyone below.


We take a break

From all our efforts, joining

Together to observe the celebrations.


There’s a large meal put on

For all the teachers, organized

By our boss, enough

To impress

The stockholders. We inhale

The scent of good food

And our stomachs answer in earnest,

Begging to try everything.


Tables laid out in perfect design,

Each a splendid replica of the last;

Vivid pictures in our minds

For years to come.

Melting on the tongue,

The food takes centre stage,

Lighting up our mouths with

Unique and wonderful flavours.


Then the drums begin

From somewhere behind us,

Confusing our ears

As we search for the source

Of the sound.


Thud, thud, thud

And thump, thump, thump

And rat-a-tat-a-tat;

They make our fingers tap.

The sounds infect our bodies

Until they feel as though

They come from inside of us.


Where is that noise coming from?

It grows in volume, intensifies

Until we could explode

From the vibrations coursing through us.

Then through a door

That bursts wide open

Comes the evening’s entertainment.


© Laura Marie Clark


Excerpt from the book City Of The World

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About the Author

Laura is a writer and blogger near Lincoln, England. She is the author of City of the World – a collection of poems that take the reader on an adventure living and working as a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to explore the highs and lows of life as an expat.

Visit Author Page At: www.ctupublishinggroup.com/laura-marie-clark.html

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