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Breath & Shadow

Spring 2019 - Vol. 16, Issue 2

"Snowing in Spring"

written by

Changming Yuan

In the wild open west, flakes keep falling

Like myriad baby angels knocked down from Paradise


Blurring the landscape behind the vision

Hunting each consonant trying to rise above


The ground. The day is brighter, lighter &

Softer than the feel. Soon there will be


Dirty prints leading to everywhere (or nowhere)

& no one will care how the whole world will collapse

In blasphemy. The missing cat won’t come to

Trespass the lawn, nor will the daffodil bloom


To catch a flake drifting astray. Nobody bothers even to think

About where the season is held up on its way back, how

The fishes are agitating under the pressure of wintry

Water, why people wish to see more and more snow.

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China.

With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the 2018 Naji Naaman's Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and nearly 1,500 others across 43 countries.

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