Poetry | Let Alone by Yuan Changming

let alone

Let Alone


Man, as he really is, is far beyond

God’s imagination, let alone understanding


If you really love Earth, you wouldn’t be

Afraid to show it to the world, let alone her


Most websites don’t even last fourteen

Months, let alone fourteen years


They never thought they’d be able to do

Any serious reading, let alone thinking


Some people can’t help inventing lies

Let alone telling them


The sun shines on you but not on me

Let alone my shadow


I always expect the world to leave me

Alone, let alone my poetry


Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. With a Canadian PhD in English, Yuan currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan and hosts HAPPy yANGSHENG in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, seven chapbooks, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review and 1,389 others across 41 countries.