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After HyunJung Passed Her Prenatal Screening Test

After HyunJung Passed Her Prenatal Screen Test | Yuan Changming | Raising Mothers

 (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 [2016]), 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 PoetryBestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1209 others across 38 countries.

PC: Yuan Changming

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