by mike yuan

as a stony statue
sitting still under a tremendous tree
my inner self fallen into a deep doze
while i travel around all the time
trying to find the right path
through the thorny bushes
leading to the hill top
a large flock of nameless birds

held in their unsinging mouths
a hundred rainbow flowers
following me in the smiling sky
as if to escort my journey home
or ready to celebrate my birthday
the second i see my naked self
all the birds and flowers are gone
except the big shadowless tree
standing against the serenity of skies

(sept.8, 2004)


Mike Yuan, also known as Yuan Zhengming in Chinese, is a 5-time Pushcart nominee and author of two poetry collections. Growing up in a remote and impoverished village in central China, Mike received his post-secondary education in Shanghai and Tianjin, worked as a college lecturer and published several monographs in addition to many journal articles before moving to Canada as an international student. With a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan, Mike currently lives and works as a property manager in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Mike Yuan has had poetry appear in more than 700 literary magazines and anthologies across 27 countries.

Last updated November 27, 2013