East Idioms (1): A Fable

once there stood still
a tremendous oak tree
trying to enjoy dreaming her own dream
in her humble but hilarious way
suddenly a wild west wind
starting to blow her back bent
like a madly mating moose
never letting his sexual desire rest
unable to stand straight up
she shrugs off her broken branches


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 August 03, 2013