to the small poem and the quiet voice within

yu chang

deepening dusk
a canoe comes in
with the fog

fallen leaves
do I have to
go home?

blinding snow
there is no need
to understand everything

[from SEEDS, 2009, Red Moon Press, PO Box 2461, Winchester VA, 22604…]

Ed. Note: Yu Chng’s poems first appeared on the Shiki List in the mid-90’s. Hundreds of them have found their way into print since then, including prize-winners for the Museum of Haiku Literature, the Harold G. Henderson Contest and the Red Moon anthologies. He has served as editor of the journal Upstate Dim since 2001.


  1. Elizabeth

    beautiful images, so much wisdom in so few words

  2. Judith Wiker

    Wise words softening the mind, balancing the heart like the perfectly weighted pendulum’s last swing towards center…mmm.

  3. GE Wamser

    “The past is history…the future mystery…the present; a blessing.” -Master Po

  4. Robert M. Zoschke

    Yu proves in golden few words why the Haiku Heavies are so imitated.

  5. Barbara Fitz Vroman

    Yu Chang’s words, like all Haiku remind me to look, to see,
    to feel, to let it all sink in, and feel enhanced awareness and my very own conclusions.

  6. Merrill Ann Gonzales

    This is simply the most wonderful book! There’s a wisdom in the quietness gifted to us in his words.

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