Calls of the Crow

Changming Yuan            


How many times

Have you lain in thick darkness

Imagining a white crow

That you wish to see

Or rather to be


Not until the other morning

Did you hear a wild bird crying

Like a loud persistent knock

At the door of your heart


Beyond your curtained window

Beyond your curtained dream

It was a crow hammering all its white yaws

Right into your soul

Resonating with your truer selfhood



Changming Yuan grew up in rural China,  authored three books before moving to Canada, and currently teaches writing in Vancouver. Yuan's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Canadian Literature, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, Iodine, London Magazine, Salzburg Review and others.