Backwaters by Yuan Changming

Fishes surging forward with waves
Boats gliding along the currents
The river kept pouring all its living secrets
Into the chest of the ocean, while

One snag remains standing still
In this shallow zone, as if rooted deep
In our heart like a skeletal onlooker
Watching or reflecting on whatever is

Passing out there in the main course


Yuan Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan and hosts Happy Yangsheng in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and many others worldwide.

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