With your fingers, hands
and even arms cut off,
you have scars all over
your body, which first
you used to protest against all human pain
and injury in deafening silence, then
your mouths became eyes staring still
at each evil knife, each inhuman act.
Now you are looking forward, and beyond
without a wink, without a tear drop.
Yuan Changming, nine-time Pushcart nominee and author of seven chapbooks, published monographs on translation before moving out of China. Currently, Yuan edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1,149 others across thirty-eight countries.