Yuan Changming

I Hate Winds Simply Cuz 
            (for Qi Hong)
 
They are always bullying, preying around 
Wildly & invisibly
Upon the weak on the prairies &
 
   Swooping down on
Every tree trying hard to meditate
 
While trespassing the territory of 
My most private feel & thought 
About everything, or about you alone





(R)e.volution: Scissors of Nature/Nemesis
 
Not really randomly
               But always resolutely 
 
Ready to prune the trees of life
 Plant or animal
 
With one blade as blunt as the human brain
                                                      But the other much sharper than the edge of time 




Self-Semantics: a Bilinguacultural Poem 
 
1/ I vs 我: Denotations
 
The first person singular pronoun, or this very
Writing subject in English is I, an only-letter
Word, standing straight like a pole, always
Capitalized, but in Chinese, it is written with
Lucky seven strokes as 我, with at least 108
Variations, all of which can be the object case
At the same time.
     Originally, it’s formed from
The character 找, meaning ‘pursuing’, with one
Stroke added on the top, which may well stand for
Anything you would like to have, such as money
Power, fame, sex, food, or nothing if you prove
Yourself to be a Buddhist practitioner inside out
 
2/ Human & 人: Connotations 
 
Since I am a direct descendant of Homo Erectus, let me
Stand straight as a human/人, rather than kneel down
 
When two humans walk side by side, why to coerce one
Into obeying the other like a slave fated to follow/从?
 
Since three humans can live together, do we really need
A leader or ruler on top of us all as a group/众?
 
Given all the freedom I was born with, why
Just why cage me within walls like a prisoner/囚? 


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