Sonnet in Infinitives

          To be         a matter when there’s no question
          Or not to be          a question when nothing really matters

                       To sing with a frog squatting straight
          On a lotus leaf in the Honghu Lake             near Jingzhou

                           To recollect   all the pasts, and mix them
          Together like a glass of   cocktail

              To build                            a nest of meaning
           Between two broken branches on              Ygdrasil

                     To strive             for deity
                                        Longevity           and
                                                     Even happiness

          To come            on and off line every other while

          To compress      consciousness into a file, and upload it
      Onto a nomochip


                    To be    dying, to die, to               renew

20 Dead Words Resurrected

          With their equipollent AI
          Puissant chips
          Ambidextrous CPUs, and
          Dwimmer-crafty software programs
          The robot attercops enjoy
          Driving humans round with pizzles

          While onlookers are twattling along the super highway
          I saw swevens inspire a quantum
          To cozen one another in an entanglement
          Although this creation is excogigated, and
          Designed by a septentrional clone
          That can retrieve no apricity


Yuan Changming currently edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver; credits include ten Pushcart nominations, the 2018 Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize, Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, BestNewPoemsOnline, Threepenny Review, and 1,479 others worldwide.
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