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            Yes, yes, with your
yellowish skin, you enjoy
      meditating within the shape of
a wishbone, inside the broken wing
            of an oriental bird strayed, or
in a larger sense, you look like
      the surfacing tail of a pacific whale
            who yells low, but whose voice reaches afar
far beyond a whole continent, to a remote village
      near the yellow river, where you used to sunbathe
            rice stems, reed leaves, cotton skeletons
with a fork made of a single horn-shaped twig
            before you fled the village, tightly yoked
with the imbalance between yin and yang
            on the other side of this new world

that is why you have ever since been
            obsessed with the question.


Changming Yuan, four-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a Ph.D. in English, teaches privately and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. Yuan's poetry appears in 649 literary publications across 25 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Baltimore Review, Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry (2009, 2012), BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, Haiwaii Review, LiNQ, London Magazine, PANK, Rattapallax, RHINO and World Literature Today.

            Yes, yes, with your
yellowish skin, you enjoy
      meditating within the shape of
a wishbone, inside the broken wing