Yun Wang: “Winter Seascape”


Cacti-covered hills drop down

toward jade-skirted sapphire sea

Oil rigs roost on hazy horizon

White mansions dream on cliff ledges

Scattered domes of blue oaks

fasten cracked earth

* * *

Winter sun in late afternoon

casts a blinding tunnel in the sea

It follows me along the shore

Translucent waves rush the beach

to polish veined dark pebbles

* * *

We have sailed past each other in the dark

The moon’s silver candle lights the ocean

Water pulses loud with invitation

I feel the tug of star tides

anchoring me in an invisible harbor

Yun Wang is the author of two poetry books, The Book of Totality (Salmon Poetry Press, 2015) and The Book of Jade, Winner of the 15th Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize (Story Line Press, 2002); two poetry chapbooks, Horse by the Mountain Stream (Word Palace Press, 2016) and The Carp (Bull Thistle Press, 1994); as well as a book of poetry translations, Dreaming of Fallen Blossoms: Tune Poems of Su Dong-Po (White Pine Press, 2019). Wang’s poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Salamander Magazine, Green Mountains Review, and International Quarterly. Yun Wang is a cosmologist at California Institute of Technology, currently focusing on developing space missions to explore the Universe.

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