Changming Yuan

Just as both God and Devil are man’s incarnation, so are Heaven and Hell both man’s construction.


From the front yard of a melodious morning
From the busy road of a sweet Saturday
From the moist corner of a heavy march
From the back lane of pale winter
We have come, here and now, all gathering
In big crowds gathering in big crowds
Gathering in ever-bigger crowds gathering
For the boat to cross the wide wild waters
Before the fairy ferry is fated to fall
Under our feet too heavy with earthy mud


You may well hate Charon
But you cannot help feeling envious:
That business of carrying the diseased
Across the River Styx is ever so prosperous
The only monopoly in the entire universe
That has a market share
Larger than the market itself

Daydreaming, on this side
Of the river, how you might wish
To be an entrepreneur like him
A success American dreamer


Flying between sea and sky
Between day and night
Amid heavenly or oceanic blue
I lost all my references
To any timed space
Or a localized time
Except the non-stop snorting
Of a stranger neighbor

Then, beyond the snorts rising here
And more looming there
I see tigers, lions, leopards
And other kinds of hunger-throated predators
Darting out of every passenger’s heart
Running amuck around us
As if released from a huge cage
As if in a dreamland            

©2012 This work is the property of the author.


Posted on June 3, 2012, in Changming Yuan, POETRY and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. More interesting, honed work from Changming.
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  2. I really like the Charon part a great twisting and social comment

  3. An Asian reportage and rapport for TS Eliot has echoed in this poet’s rhythm and rime scheme in a life and death poem of ying and yang as Eliot once spoke to us of a leopard in his Leopardian voice searching for life’s answer to our journey as a sojourner of truth.

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