I3 Yuan

               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
               when you were a barefooted country boy
                       on the other side of this new world
Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English, teaches independently, and edits Poetry Pacific in Vancouver. Yuan’s poetry appears in 639 literary publications cross 25 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, LiNQ and London Magazine.