portion of the artwork for Changming Yuan's poetry

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Changming Yuan

meaning empty (for early Indians?)
or no entry (to ancient Chinese?)
definitely, it is no more, or
no less, than a placeholder
a space between you and me
nothing that can be anything
except the wheel that keeps our civilization rolling
a circle, squeezed to look taller and slenderer
a shape, not as round as a hole
but it can suck in a whole world

o that we were not all living
within the circle, so full of voids

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FRiGG: A Magazine of Fiction and Poetry | Issue 42 | Fall 2013