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.