(for all mothers-to-be)
Still a nameless fetus, you are just
Beginning to take a human form
Like a y-shaped sprout breaking soil
In George’s little private garden, but
Your spiritual being has already fully
Bloomed into my poetry, where your
Feminine beauty is to balance all the yin and
Yang in the world of the yuans, where
You will be the first sister and daughter
To nurture my future, extending my lifeline
From my late father to my great great grandchild
A line of words that are heavily stained
With the blood deep from my inner voice
Who made thee, my dear little lamb?
Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping ), published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1209 others across 38 countries.
PC: Yuan Changming
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