Issue No. 5, Summer 2013

Changming Yuan

yum-yum, you seem to
have become addicted
to this alphabet, nothing
but a plain letter
though it may sometimes
get you high, high with your skin-colour
as yellowish as the bank
of the Yangtze River, and
as young as a Yankee heart
while its sound can lead you
to the truth you are seeking, its shape
can grow into a huge yggdrasil
where your soul can perch, where
it can caw as loud as it wishes
towards the setting sun

Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English, tutors, and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver (Submissions welcome at Yuan’s poetry appears in 709 literary publications cross 26 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, and Threepenny Review.