Staying True: Four Poems by Changming Yuan

“Hooking,” “Reforming,” “Word’s Wisdom” and “… Needs a Smile”

/


Hooking

 

Just how, you were thrown into the water

Under the current and close to a snag

 

You can’t feel the sun light

Without being reflected

 

When a fish swims by here

You run into a nasty urchin, tantalizing

 

As we are all being tantalized

For a tiny catch

 

 

 

Reforming

 

Can’t you de-louse a rat?

Doesn’t matter. Neither can I

But we can untie our own hairstyle

Putting a little makeup if we want to

Or going for some plastic surgery

 

Better to cut off our whiskers

Or tails, biting pebbles

Instead of cloth or wood

Even to replace our hearts

With a cat’s

 

 

 

Word’s Wisdom

 

Life contains many

A hidden if, as does a wife

Or rife

 

Once f – is absent

What remains is but a lie

 

 

 

… Needs a Smile

 

So it invented flowers

To bloom in every season, and

 

Rivers to irrigate the dry fields

Beyond the barren banks

 


Changming Yuan, nine-time Pushcart and one-time Best of the Net nominee, started to learn English at age 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1249 others worldwide.


About

Poems curated by FORTH poetry editors.


Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

© 2014 forth magazine