Yuan Changming

Yuan Changming  published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen  Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations  & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) BestNewPoemsOnline, among nearly 1,600 others across 43 countries.   

 

 

How to Make Light of Darkness

 

in a world always half in darkness

your body may be soaked deep

in a wet nightmare, rotting

 

but your heart can roam

like a synchronous satellite

in the outer space, leaving

the long night far behind

as long as your heart flies fast

 

& high enough, you will live

in light forever

 

Snowflaking

 

             In the wild open west, snow flakes keep falling

Like myriad baby angels knocked down from Paradise

 

    Blurring the landscape behind the vision

Hunting each consonant trying to rise above

 

The ground. The day is brighter, lighter &

   Softer than the feel. Soon there will be

 

      Dirty prints leading to everywhere (or nowhere)

& no one will care how the whole world will collapse

        In blasphemy. The missing cat won’t come to

       Trespass the lawn, nor will the daffodil bloom

 

To catch a flake drifting astray. Nobody bothers even to think

     About where the season is held up on its way back, how

         The fishes are agitating under the pressure of wintry

         Water, why people wish to see more and more snow