National Poetry Month

SADLY…  I had this post all ready to go but apparently forgot to hit the ‘Publish’ button…  Here it is…  Better late than never!


April is National Poetry Month. This year’s theme is ‘Time’…  Join us, every school day throughout the month of April, for a feature poem on the theme.

Sadly, this then is our last poem, to share this month…  Join us next year for another month of celebrating poetry.  Or, choose to celebrate poetry in your life on a daily basis.

Please do also check both the physical display in the ESA Library, and the ESA Library Pinterest Poetry page, to see the latest additions to our poetry collection.

Our poem of the day for today is: Chinese Chimes: Nine Detours of the Yellow River by Canadian poet Changming Yuan.

you are unaware of your obscure sources

but you are explicitly sure of the vast sea

as your final destination

you always frown with your brownish wrinkles

but you prefer a nonprofessional smile on your face

your only luggage of life

all your teeth have been lost or pulled out

but you keep licking the muddy banks with your heart

despite your dreams forged

your song is no more than a foam of silence

but you struggle hard to remain afloat on the sea of noise

beyond the borderline of heaven

your love for the loess plateau often overturns and overflows

but you have never flooded the valley of the dragon’s mind

since confucius’s times

your course ahead is crowded with holes and crevices

but you will deliver your promises to every unevenness

instead of promising the deliveries only

you occupy an enormously tiny place of the world

but you feed all the hopes and wishes of those

with thirsty mouths stranded ashore

you flow down from the sky created by yourself

but you hope to avoid falling on the broken floor

of your own church

you may be tortured or burned to steam

but you will eventually find your impossible way

to the sea of blue sky

Changming Yuan, eight-time Pushcart Prize nominee, grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-publishes Poetry Pacific with his son Allen Qing Yuan.  With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, he has been published in literary journals and anthologies across 28 countries.