Yuan Changming



Dawn. It roams above the purple

Glows, alone. Again it dispatches


Cats and dogs as if

From heaven. Styx


Which has for thousands of years received waters

From on earth, has received human lives


    You are still waiting, within a dying body

    Alone. The dog has arrived, barking aloud


Here is the dust to spread over

Your corpse —  no ending is


A happy ending. Towards a black hole

Are their spirits flowing, with this reality



Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others.