by Changming Yuan

Instead of reaching deep
into the ground, you hung all your roots
on your twigs in the wild open, trying
to absorb both air and light directly
as well as darkness and cold
ready to connect to soil and water
growing from a single tree into a huge forest

that’s your most deeply-rooted secret
the secret about growth.

Changming Yuan an 8-time Pushcart nominee, is probably the world’s most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes English. Tutoring and co-editing Poetry Pacific (with Allen Qing Yuan) in Vancouver, Yuan has poetry appearing in 989 literary publications across 31 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review and Threepenny Review.