Vigiling: for Qi Hong — Yuan Changming

               I get up to greet the morning glow 
On this side of the planet when it’s high 
Time for you to go to bed on the other

Or, you rise to embrace the rising sun
Just when I begin to feel lost at twilight
Beyond the pacific.

                                     Living in opposite
Time-zones, we keep vigil for each other:
While I follow your day like your shadow
Or a true fragment left over from last night
You are always there to prevent darkness
From invading my daydream
                                       To ensure we both
Have plenty of sunlight even at midnight

Yuan Changming
hails with Allen Yuan from Credits include Pushcart nominations and publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17) & BestNewPoemsOnline, among others. Recently, Yuan served on the jury for Canada’s 44th National Magazine Awards (English poetry category).