tomato harvest photo

Poets’ Corner: Vegetarian Newly Converted

tomato harvest photo

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Vegetarian Newly Converted

now eating nothing

but tomatoes, potatoes

carrots, cabbages,

apples, watermelons

cherries, strawberries

sorghum, pepper

i recognize them all like true communists

either in appearance

or in heart


while their lycopene may contribute

to the well-being of my ischemic heart

i can only draw bloody memories from them

about summer fields

about all my red pasts in China



Changming Yuan, an 8-time Pushcart nominee, grew up in rural China and currently tutors in Vancouver, where he co-edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Qing Yuan. Since mid-2005, Changming’s poetry has appeared in 839 literary publications worldwide, including Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline and Threepenny Review. Find more of his poems at

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