first rotated

then curved

before being finally connected


the same three horizontal lines

as with the trinity

for the three gems


during wudhu

to stand in as many red words

written in solid, liquid and gas


since in a race anybody, anything

beyond this smallest prime number

is nobody, nothing. That’s why the lines


still remain parallel in Roman and Chinese:

one is almost dead, vertically

the other still very much alive, horizontally


Changming Yuan, 5-time Pushcart nominee and author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and Landscaping (2013), holds a PhD in English and tutors in Vancouver, where he co-publishes Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan (Submissions welcome at editors.pp@gmail.com). Recently interviewed by PANK, Yuan has poetry appear in 719 journals/anthologies across 27 countries, including Asia Literary Review, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, LiNQ, London Magazine, Paris/Atlantic, Poetry Kanto, Salzburg Review, SAND, Taj Mahal Review, Threepenny Review and Two Thirds North.