Sunday, December 23, 2012

Guest Author: Changming Yuan


Yes, yes, yeah, we are simply too barbaric
To enjoy the delicacy of raw snails or oysters
With steel forks and knives

But we are certainly civilized enough to chop
To stick cats, dogs, snakes, frogs
Ants, rats, pupae, anything that moves
With more than one leg, and we love
To eat pig ears, cow tongues, goat penises
Shark fins, sparrow nests, chicken hearts
Duck feet, and all other living corpses inside out
With our mouths open from ear to ear
Chewing plants as noisily as we like
Sucking noodles and soup like pigs
Yeah, we are what we eat, how we eat
When, where and why we eat

What I say, pal, is this simple fact:
Chopping and sticking makes our fingers more adept
Just as chopsticks make us fitter to survive and succeed
More important, they have turned us from carnivores to herbivores
Though still more primitive than you fork users and knife wavers

Copyright © 2012 by Changming Yuan

Changming Yuan, 4-time Pushcart nominee and author of Allen Qing Yuan, edits Poetry Pacific and has poetry appearing in 609 journals/anthologies across 23 countries, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Exquisite Corpse. Poetry submissions to Poetry Pacific welcome at
Changming Yuan's poem "Confronting: Bird vs Sea" will be published in RAPoetics Issue 2, Paint Darkness into Day, which will be released into the Kindle store a few days before 12/21/12.
Issue 2, got tied up by the juggernaught and will be a business days after christmas before it is released for public consumption.

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