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Three Poems


By Yuan Changming 

White Crow

Perching long in my heart
Is a white crow that no one has
Ever seen, but everyone may
Long to be

Always ready
To fly out, as if hoping to bring back
A glistening seed or a colorful feather
To festoon its nest


This Thought

This is the thought that is
Sailing along the horizon

This is the thought ready to fall
Finally from the leaf-tip at dawn

This is the thought looming afar
Beyond the stark mountains

This is the thought newly taken
Out of the water by the swordsmith

This is the thought with a bloated shape
Wrapping the whole world up in the mind

This is the thought running amuck
Naked, never able to find a shelter

This is the thought driving the wheels
Of history, back and forth, without stop


Timeless Snow

Hesitantly, the snowflakes keep
Swinging around until their final fall
To the ground, in thickening stillness

As the present becomes gradually
Assimilated to the past (or future?)

All in a wild white world of fairy tales

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan and hosts Happy Yangsheng in Vancouver, Canada. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, seven chapbooks, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), Best New Poems On Line, Threepenny Review, and 1,389 others across 41 countries.


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