Fragmenting: A Sonnet in Infinitives · Yuan Changming

To be   a matter when there’s no question
Or not to be a question when nothing really matters

  To sing  with a frog squatting straight
On a lotus leaf in the Honghu Lake near Jingzhou

  To recollect all the pasts, and mix them
Together like a glass of cocktail

  To build   a nest of meaning
Between two broken branches on Ygdrasil

To strive for deity
    Longevity and
     Even happiness

To come on and off line every other while

To compress consciousness into a file, and upload it
  Onto a nanochip. To be daying, to die


Yuan Changming started to learn the English alphabet in Shanghai at age nineteen and publsihed monographs on translation before leaving China. Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart nominations, eight chapbooks, most recently East Idioms cyberwit.net & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry and BestNewPoemsOnline, among 1669 other literary outlets across 45 counntries.