Vietnamese Noodles

Vietnamese Noodles

Albino tapeworms curl around themselves
So many worms in such a big bowl
I am hungry and twist them around my fork
The amputee owner/waiter assures me they taste best with chili sauce
We bob to each other, in agreement, very good, very tasty, yes!
I add more sauce with a little spoon and peek under my hot noodles for more surprises,
Poke, poke, this time with chopsticks; I laugh to my partner loudly as we share our selections
An older couple looks our way, and I stare at their plates past their eyes to see what they ordered
Do they come here often, live nearby, their private, Saturday night haunt all these years?
The young Vietnamese American children at the first table don’t look up once from their screens
Boring, boring, boring, but their parents and friends seem relaxed and happy at their bowls.
On the way out, I notice the fake fire burning is really a heater for the first window seats
Warming those framed by the front windows this winter while we sit further inside.


-by Ava Hypatia, open mic night at D’Verse Poets.

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4 Responses to Vietnamese Noodles

  1. frankhubeny says:

    Are there really tapeworms in the bowl?


  2. Ava Hypatia says:

    OOOps, poetic license didn’t work this time!


  3. Sabio Lantz says:

    Ah, the rice noodles are the albino tapeworms in your lovely Vietnamese dish.
    You paint the setting perfectly: dingy yet delicious — flavorful, both the people and the food


  4. hypercryptical says:

    I understand the tapeworms and love the imagery you have provided.
    At home, if cooking, I always snip noodles or pasta to short controllable lengths, for if not, without fail, I have a sauce-dribbled chin…
    Anna :o]


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