Green Hills Literary Lantern

 

 

Greenish Wish

 

You wish to be a Douglas fir
Tall, straight, almost immortal
But you stand like a Peking willow
Prone to cankers, full of twisted twigs

Worse still, you are not so resistant
As the authentic willow that can bend gracefully
Shake off all its unwanted leaves in autumn
When there is a wind blowing even from nowhere

No matter how much sunshine you receive
During the summer, you have nothing but scars
To show off against winter storms
The scars that you can never shake off

 

 

Changming Yuan is a nine-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7 chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016]). Growing up in a remote village, Yuan began to learn English at 19 and published monographs on translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry,  BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1159 others across 38 countries.