Poetry by John Di Leonardo – 1/18

Walking Kummin

Walking Kunming

(China Aug. 2015)

Sets of young stares
in fine black eyes
giggle Wàiguó rén!
foreigner! foreigner!

Forests
of golden cranes
as if all Dynasties
were done

Under an old rice hat
two vague glares –
solemn glances
as worn by sovereigns

In the Yunnan
Nationalities Museum
rooms of emperors
in horned nail guards

The Yi people
of Yunnan province
created moon guitars
to serenade stars

 

 John Di Leonardo

John Di Leonardo is a Canadian visual artist/poet, past president of The Brooklin Poetry Society, editor of Verse Afire. He is also an Associate Member of The League of Canadian Poets, and a member of the Canadian Authors Association. He has published two award winning chapbooks Book of Hours (2014), Starry Nights (2015), and is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Plantos Memorial Award. His poetry has appeared in over thirty poetry anthologies, and in Canadian poetry journals such as The Banister, Verse Afire, and Tower Poetry. He writes and paints in Brooklin, Ontario. You can visit him at johndileonardo.ca.