Monday, April 6, 2015

Tanka--By Yuan Changming--Canada

the sun builds a bold
buffer between day and night
yet leaves a thin limbo...
between sea and sky
I am in that limbo

Yuan Changming, an 8-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in a remote village, began to learn English at 19, and published several monographs before leaving China. Currently, Yuan tutors and co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. His poetry appears in 1009 literary publications across 32 countries, including Asahi Shimbun, Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Ginyu and Threepenny Review.


  1. Dear Changming,

    It's so good to see you have one nice comment on your creative tanka. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent with us. Best wishes with all your writing endeavors.

    Warm regards,

  2. Yuan, this is very beautiful and isn't it amazing how Nature applies to the inner depths of the human being? Excellent write! Sheri

  3. Creative and unique thought on the poem. Welcome to whispers!!

    Andrew Ntchindi Jere

  4. Hello Yuan. Welcome to Whispers. Thank you for sharing with us some nice Tanka. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  5. Yuan,
    I really enjoyed reading this. Welcome to Whispers. I can't wait to read more.
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  6. Sort of a twilight of the soul....just stunning Yuan! Cheers and Aloha, Connie