Bui Vien by Laura Marie Clark

Sunlight cascades down from pleasant skies

Settling on the heads and shoulders of those walking round;

A street lined with bars, restaurants and shops,

Street vendors busy selling their wares at every door.


Air alive with enthusiasm, filled with sounds of motion,

Of taxis and motorbikes that dodge tourists’ feet;

Of hesitant foreigners looking for a gap in the traffic

Unaware the rule is to walk and never look back.


Banners fly high advertising food and drink,

Places to stay and day trips out, in eye-popping fashion;

By day hostels sell alcohol, their customers spilling out

Onto the streets, seated on uncomfortable plastic chairs.


By night hotels bathe the sky in bright, glitzy lights;

The sight a wonder to behold, the smells even more

Inviting: here western grub, there eastern food,

Scents mingling together in a delightful mixture.


Aromas waft under your nose, and your stomach rumbles

At the thought of sampling something never before

To grace your tongue. An invitation to explore, discover

In easy comfort: Bui Vien will cater to every tourist’s need.


© 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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