Far vs Near


When I set off at dawn

On a lost morning

Heaven seems too far


Far beyond the road’s end

Even farther than my boyish dream


Now so tired, tired of


Travelling alone

On this less trodden trail

I have finally found it

As close as the tree on the roadside


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.