“Replacing” by Changming Yuan


Having squeezing out
Every blood-soaked syllable
Out of your callous throat
Out of your ischemic heart
You have become deflated, wishing
The starlight of the whole night
To be injected into your being

Like a fully-blown balloon
Rising to the borderline
Between day and night, where the sun
Will set you off into a blast
Exploding your entire selfhood
Into myriads of shreds, drifting along
The skyline, amid morning glows

Changming Yuan is four-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, holds a PhD in English and tutors in Vancouver, where he edits Poetry Pacific here. Yuan’s poetry appears in 599 literary publications across 23 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Exquisite Corpse, LiNQ and London Magazine.