Clefting by Yuan Changming

Between two high notes

the melody gives a crack

long enough

to allow my entire selfhood to enter

like a fish jumping back

into the night water.

Both the fish and I leave no

trace behind us, and the world

remains undisturbed as we swim

deeper and deeper in blue silence.

Upon my return, I find the music

still going on, while the fish has

disappeared into the unknown.

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving his native country. Currently, Yuan lives in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others.

1 view