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Again, for First Love: For Qi Hong

You are sure that I have never really forgotten you. You
Are sure about my teenage years. You know everything

About ‘us’ then. You are sure ‘us’ is a little seed deeply
Planted in the backyard of my heart when I de-parted

With you. You are sure I still like to eat peppers
From our home country. You are sure about me

As your man in your next life, who will be “both the light
& every shadow light pierces” as they say. You are sure

Without deux ex machina I can iron out all
Unevenness with my love. You are sure

You and me will live together in matrimonial
Ecstasy in our next life after leaving this world

But are you really sure you want part of your ashes to be
Mixed with mine and buried together on Mount Mayuhe?

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Changming Yuan

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 12 Pushcart nominations, 15 chapbooks as well as appearances in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline & Poetry Daily, among nearly 2,000 others across 48 countries.

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