Sunday, August 17, 2014

Haiku by Changming Yuan

Chinese Gentility:  Four Confucian Haiku

Orchid:     Deep in the valley
                 Alone on an obscure spot
                 You bloom none the less

Lotus:       From foul decayed silt
                 You shoot clean against the sun
                 Never pollutable

Mum:       Hanging on and on
                Even when wishes wither
                You keep flowering

Plum:       Your brave bold blood dropped
                 As though to melt all world's snow
                 Before spring gathers

Changming Yuan, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013) grew up in rural China, holds a PhD in English, and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan and operates PP Press.  Since mid-2005, Yuan has published poetry in Asia Literary Review Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, Threepenny Review and 889 other literary journals/anthologies across 30 countries.

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