Sunday 5 November 2017

5 Poems by Allen Qing Yuan

The Titans

Rampaging and desecrating the walls with the blood of those who built them
they turn all classes into livestock and consume them slowly, not for needs
but for pleasure

They destroy the homes where people felt comfortable
and they make sure no one is comforted

“Show me the money!” they declare; instantly
We see the blood on the money
We see that blood does not equate money
We see the blood of money

But what difference does it make when blood drips from your hands
Any witness would just see the colour of red and not the shades in between

To Change Yourself Is to Change the Whole World

You know little, you know nothing
About quantum entanglement?
Don’t feel ignorant. Me either

But listen: once you’ve changed
Your own inner being, you will
Be better off, and once your self is
Better off, so will your family; so will
Your neighborhood; your village or city
Your homeland; your (and our)
Whole world. The same is true

With quantum physics, exactly
As in human society

Inside vs Outside

Even if, as you choose
You are already deep inside
The circle, inside
The trend, inside
The office, inside
The fashion, inside
Her body, inside
Their book, inside
Its record, inside
Our archive, inside
Your heart, or even inside
The very core, your inner being
Is still lingering in the outside

The way I always prefer
To see, to watch, to think

In No Particular Order

Trees are much more beautiful than humans

Because each has a deep root
Because each root grabs earth tightly

Because each has a strong trunk
Because each trunk is supportive of all its branches

Because each has a unique shape
Because each shape is graceful in its own way

Because each has only one position
Because each position is firm for a lifetime

Because each has a natural environment
Because each environment is a perfect fit for its soul

Because each has a solid heart
Because each heart is full of rings of love

Time against Subjectivity 

No sooner had the ice sheet moved an inch

No sooner had dinosaurs extinguished

No sooner did they come down from trees

No sooner did the gambler stops casting the dice

No sooner was the book written

No sooner have the snags drifted away

No sooner did the politician finished his speech act

No sooner has she left the house… Are you listening?


Allen Qing Yuan (born in Vancouver in 1995), author of Traffic Light, is a 2-time Pushcart and one-time Best of the Net nominee. A former co-editor of Poetry Pacific, Allen is currently working full-time for Canada Revenue Agency as an intern from the University of British Columbia. Since grade 10, Allen has had poetry appear in more than 70 literary publications across 16 countries, which include Cordite Poetry Review, Literary Review of Canada, Poetry Scotland, Shampoo and Spillway.

Allen is also the co-founder of a popular clothing brand Above the Movement. For more, please visit his websites:: ; ; Twitter: @ATMovement

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