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Farewell Talk: For Liu and Yuan Hongqi See You Next Life, Darling: To LHX

by Changming Yuan

Well... Old Liu, I have said all
That I have ...to say, just as I've done
All that I can ...do
Sure, Old Man, so you can die
A happy death now, and I will 
Follow to accompany you shortly
What a comfort! We have two ...filial sons
To ...outlive us, and three great grandsons
To carry our ...bloodline on
Indeed, they bring true honor to the family
Name: one is a pioneering engineer 
In Silicon Valley, another is doing his PhD
In New York, and the youngest has published
A poetry book though still a teenager in Vancouver
But both of us ...grew up in poor Chinese villages
You ...barely finished your elementary school
While I had only two ...years of education
Really, this contrast alone makes us all happy
And proud enough, just as our elder son called 
You to say so from Canada yesterday
Well, fare...well, I am going first; once... I find the 
Way to Heaven, I will ...return to take you...
But don't be in such a hurry yet, Old Man
For I wish to take care of our two ageing sons
For a few more years. Hey, nihao Nurse

See You Next Life, Darling: to LHX

by Changming Yuan

On that evening, as our titanic
Finally began to sink, how I desperately
Combed our whole boat
To find you the only lifebuoy aboard!
But when I returned empty-handed
I saw you struggling fiercely
In the water of cold night
Already far beyond my reach
[With the ring hidden beside your arm]

Changming Yuan, 8-time Pushcart nominee and author of 4 chapbooks (including Mindscaping [2014]), is the world's most widely published poetry author who speaks Mandarin but writes English. Growing up in a remote village, Yuan began to learn English at 19 and published several monographs before leaving China. With a Ph.D. in English, Yuan currently tutors and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Since mid-2005, Changming has had poetry appearing in 989 literary publications across 31 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Cincinnati Review and Threepenny Review.