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May 2011 -- Dryads



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  • Poem: Sylvia
  • Poem: Shelter Under a Tree
  • Poem: The Tree Spirits
  • Poem: Moonlight in the Wild Wood

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  • The Tree Spirits
    by Changming Yuan

    No doubt, they never knew when, how
    Or why they were doomed
    The previous generation of earthlings
    Have long disappeared, tracelessly
    Except for some thinning memories
    Hidden in earth's heart, or drifting
    In a corner of an unknown world

    But we are different: we make
    Metals and plastics besides books
    To survive the judgment day
    Land collapses, ice ages, nuclear wars
    Or alien strikes, although they may eventually
    Weather away with the sun

    Then will come a monstrous ant
    Followed by swarms of tree spirits
    On the second day, the ant gives them all shapes
    On the third, the spirits begin their earthy lives
    On the fourth, the ant flies into the outer space
    To prevent evil from returning to earth

    On the land used to be tree stumps
    Debris of all man-made products
    There are now only trees growing
    Growing silently in the moonlight
    Above deeply buried human souls

    Changming Yuan , author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Politics and Poetics (2009), is a three-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in a remote Chinese village and published several books before moving to Canada. Currently Yuan works in Vancouver and has poetry appearing in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, Cortland Review, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine and nearly 350 other literary journals/anthologies in 15 countries.

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