Here vs. There: A Displaced Perspective

by Chanming Yuan

The waters always look murky
To those standing on the shore
Although they are truly transparent
Beneath a flying seagull

Chanming Yuan is the author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009), and is a two-time Pushcart nominee who grew up in a remote Chinese village and authored several books before moving to Canada. Currently Yuan works in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has had poems appear in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, London Magazineand more than 300 other literary publications in 15 countries.