All That Glitters

by Yuan Changming

is not just gold, but also the teeth chewing
the bitterness of life at twilight; the bones

excavated from a lost civilisation; the roof
tiles glazed with the rain of last night; &

the rock standing firm in the gurgling stream
the broken mirror in the debris of history; &

the disk hung like a scarecrow in the garden
the wings of a raven flying in the storm; &

the coal close to a furnace; the forehead
of my late father in my dream; as well

as the scales of a fish jumping out of water 
against the starlight; the glacier protruding

from an unknown peak among Rocky Mountains
or, the eye looking beyond the darkness of tonight 


[Yuan Changming edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include Pushcart nominations & publications in Best of the Best Canadian Poetry (2008-17), & Best New Poems Online, among others across 45 countries.]