“Stars or Quanta” * Poems * Yuan Changming

I Miss You; Therefore, I Am

Each time I miss you
            A bud begins to bloom
      So you are surrounded by flowers
                                     Everywhere you go

Each time I miss you
            A dot of light pops up
      So you are illuminated by a whole sky
                                   Of stars through the night


Physiognomy: To My First Crush

For the first twenty years of your life, your facial
Features were all that you’re born with, a
Bio-collage of your parents’ genes, but
For the rest of your life, they were a picture
Progressively drawn with your thought patterns
Living habits, personality traits & life experiences
The most faithful expression of whatever you’ve
                       So, the moment I saw you, I knew
You’d been living a happy & healthy life until
Retirement. What I say is, I fell in love with you
Again (during our encounter after half a century of
Separation), not because of your good looks, but
Because of your inner features that are stunning


Stars Or Quanta: for Helena Qi Hong

       I thought we were two
Stars that would never collide
Within each other’s light
(In this world)
According to new science
We are actually two
Quanta, deeply entangled
Even until after our death
           (In a parallel universe)


—About the Author—

Yuan Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include 12 Pushcart nominations & 15 chapbooks, most recently Sinosaure (Redhawk Publications)Besides appearances in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, Poetry Daily and nearly 2,000 other literary outlets worldwide, Yuan served on the poetry jury for Canada’s 2021 National Magazine Awards and began writing and publishing fiction in 2022.

Read more of Yuan’s poetry of smell or taste HERE!