Money, for a Decent Human Life without You

a beautiful beam bride
a loyal but spoiled pet
a moody morbid master
a dull and dumb number
you are all this and more

a magic finger playing
upon every nerve ending
an endless thread woven
into the fabric of every feeling
you are all this, but above all

with a green back, a bleeding face
a coffin-like shadow. a totally tattooed body
you are the most vicious monster
man created in his own image
to drive himself to hell
just as god created man
to expel him from heaven

(aug.21, 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 August 06, 2013