Just imagine
Sitting under a tall pipal
On a vast stretch of prairies
Where you’re transformed, transforming
Your entire physical being
Into the little marigold in front of you
Then, the running stream water
The gliding bird
The drifting cloud
The morning light
The summer sky
Where you are
The universe
Where the universe
Is you


Let the seed of fire grow, rising
Above your inner horizon
Like the most glaring summer sun

Let the ball burn brilliantly
Burning out every cell within your body
And shooting its light through your skin

Then, let the light from heaven fall
Filling in each blank, your shape
Until all the light starts melting together

To stuff your entire selfhood


While sitting in meditation
I dispatch all the cells within my body
As many as 100 trillions
(Each containing
A whole set of my genetic codes)
Into the spaces
Within and without the cosmos
Now I command:
Let each of my cells
Each of my selves
Lead a particular celestial body
To join in a common wish:
Bless my
Bless my neighborhood
Bless my race

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Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian Ph.D. in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan and hosts Happy Yangsheng in Vancouver; his credits include 10 Pushcart nominations, seven chapbooks, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, The Threepenny Review and 1,379 others worldwide.

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