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Guqing (Ancient Zither) : for Helena Li Lan

By Wuming Yuan

Copyright ©2024

Lying bare on the bed, you present

Yourself like an exquisite Guqing

(The legendary Chinese zither)


Your skin purely snow white

Your flesh soft as summer clouds

Your body warmer than spring


Water, & your smell reminiscent of

The gardenia from early summer


With seven unseen classic strings of feel 

Running from your breasts down to your


Bud, you are nature’s stunner instrument

That no other human can play on earth

Like I do, to the heavenly tune of beauty

About Wuming Yuan:

'Wuming Yuan' edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include 12 Pushcart nominations for poetry and 2 for fiction besides appearances in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline and 2089 other literary outlets worldwide. A poetry judge for Canada's 2021 National Magazine Awards, Yuan began writing and publishing fiction in 2022. 


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