3 poems by Yuan Changming

Connection of Selfhoods: a Megaphysics Poem

Few are really aware of

Such universes

Existing beyond our own

Even fewer of so many other versions

Of selfhood living

In each of them, let alone

This simple secret:

 

At the depth of consciousness

Lives a quantum

Or soul as we prefer to call it

A particle, demon and/or angel dancing

 

The same dance afar, far apart

In an entanglement

 

Sonnet in Infinitives

 

To be               a matter when there’s no question

Or not to be     a question when nothing really matters

 

To sing            with a frog squatting straight

On a lotus leaf in the Honghu Lake    near Jingzhou

 

To recollect all the pasts, and mix them

Together like a glass of           cocktail

 

To build                       a nest of meaning

Between two broken branches on       Ygdrasil

 

To strive          for deity

Longevity        and

Even happiness

 

To come          on and off line every other while

 

To compress    consciousness into a file, and upload it

Onto a nomochip

 

To be           daying, to        die

 

Towards Enlightenment  

 

With a storm

With a gull

With your breath

 

Goes the thought

With a vague vision

Beyond the bogland

 

With your heart

Hawking aloud in the wild

With dripping blood

 

An unformed concept

A shoal of consciousness

Bubbling with feeling

 

With a photon

With a quantum

With your mind concentrated

On a twisted other

Yuan Changming  published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and BestNewPoemsOnline among others.  

 

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