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Banana* Blues

March 15, 2012 by · No comments

Allen Qing Yuan

Banana Blues
Photo: minds-eye

It is his spirit’s secrets
That makes him bluer than blue
A branch longer than the root
A banana unlike any other fruit

But my growth has been
Bulged, blunted

Like a scale unable to measure
The weight of my quasi white soul
Is melancholy, ever depressed
Flapping against evening winds
Confined behind black bars

I’m blue, bluer than bold blue
A composer without compositions
A conductor without a baton
To even guide himself

The song beats away
As I’m singing my blues

* American/Canadian-Born-Chinese (ABCs or CBCs) are often called ‘bananas’ because they are yellow-skinned, but white-minded.

Allen Qing Yuan, born in Canada and aged 16, currently attends high school in Vancouver and, encouraged by his poet father Changming Yuan, has developed a keen interest in poetry.

Thus far Allen has had poems published or forthcoming in literary journals in seven countries, which include Chysalis, Contemporary American Voices, Istanbul Literary Review, MOBIUS, Ottawa Arts Review and Taj Mahal Review.

Allen Qing Yuan
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6P 4V5

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