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The Leaf from Olympus | A Poem by Changming Yuan

One day in my previous life
I picked a leaf from a laurel tree
On the peak of Mt. Olympus, and
Put it in between two pages
Of an unread poetry collection.

Now, opening the long-forgotten book
I spot a bird flying from behind
The leaf. Though it has been
Prisoned there for almost half a century

It chooses to fly into the sky of history
The instant it sees the light.


Yuan Changming, 9-time Pushcart nominee and author of 7
chapbooks (including Wordscaping [2016]), published monographs on
translation before moving out of China. With a PhD in English, Yuan
currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver, and has poetry appearing in Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline,
Threepenny Review and 1199 others across 38 countries.

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