all along
all alone
i have searched
seeking and searching
although never sure
what i have been
exactly looking for
like my little son
my ever truer self
trying to piece together
his jigsaw puzzle
into a boat of boyhood
sailing forward
without a map

in my mind
i have assembled
all the edges and clusters
but i just could not
find the right pieces
for the blank centre
in this world wild

long and rugged is my road ahead
crisscrossing i will keep searching


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 27, 2013