Yuan Changming – 3 poems

Just Another Crow


Disguised as a pigeon, you’ve just had

Enough food

From my palm

            (& heart); then, you flap high up

Beginning to circle above me, ready

    To flee away only after

Shitting on my head

                                    & heart (again)


Equality in English


To Be [Or Not to Be

                                                                        Whatever or whoever you are]

To have [or not to have]

                                                                        Whoever or whatever you may wish]

To do [or not to do]                                       

                                                                        Anything or nothing you would prefer, &]

To say [or not to say]                                     

                                                                        Nothing or anything you may intend to]

Given these four most common English verbs

                                                                        We are all rendered equal as we cross

Every borderline, filling in every gap

                                                                        In action as in thought [or otherwise]



     If ever at all, if only once

If you were

     To have such a chance

Just keep driving

    Drive forward

With no need to take a shoulder check

Despite so many beside you

Despite so much more ahead & behind

Along this new street, your car

    (Like your body or thought)

Will adapt its shape like a stream

Of water running its own course                            

From past to future, amidst

Programmed sapiens, through

        The flow of data

Until at the meeting point

Between yin & yang

                         Between 0 & 1

Between time & space


Yuan Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include  Pushcart nominations, poetry awards as well as publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17),& BestNewPoemsOnline,among others.  

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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