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On a July Friday Evening – Yuan Changming

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On a July Friday Evening

All construction noises gone. Except fewer
And fewer cars swishing by. A vegi dinner
I watched wolf warriors. She stared at
Her smartphone. No visitor as on every
Other eve. I thought of making love
I want. No! She is no longer a woman
Let alone mine. No internal communication of
Any kind. So aged we can no longer go to bed
Earlier or later. I wandered awhile online
Trump again. Doklam standoff continued
No fire between Guam and NK. No body
Contact either. No more. The bed is too small
For two big different dreamers. However
Always too large for a small stanza

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Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include Best of the Best Canadian Poetry:10th Anniv. Ed., BestNewPoemsOnline, London Magazine, Threepenny Review and 1339 others worldwide.

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2 thoughts on “On a July Friday Evening – Yuan Changming”

  1. An intriguing sonnet – quite captivating in so many ways – and sad! I love the lines –

    The bed is too small/For two big different dreamers.

    This is a poem that needs reading over and over – interesting line breaks. Thanks for the introduction to a new poet. Makes me want to see more.

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