Hongri Yuan, born in China in 1962, is a poet and philosopher interested particularly in creation. Representative works include Platinum City, Gold City, Golden Paradise , Gold Sun and Golden Giant. Yanzhou District ,Jining City, Shandong Province, China.
The Smile of Emptiness and Nothingness
Fifteen thousand years ago
You were a king.
And thirty thousand years ago
You were a slave
Your past life was a long scroll of times
And the next life？ How short ten thousand years are!
Yesterday is emptiness and nothingness,
Tomorrow is emptiness and emptiness
Where are you at this time
Emptiness and nothingness, Emptiness and nothingness
Buddha halo, the smile of emptiness and nothingness
Ariadne’s Notes: On January 26, 1-2 pm, on CFRO, 100.5 FM, the World Poetry Café Radio Show with producer and host, Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe welcomed the poet Kevin Morris from England. He read his beautiful and profound poems on the show and talked about his life as a blind person and how it has influenced his poetry and senses. You can reach him at https://newauthoronline.com/
Also on the show was the music of Mike Jones and special e-poems by Wida Taursif, Afghanistan, Australia and Hongri Yuan from China.
Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969.
Kevin lost the majority of his eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.
He is a braille user and has happy memories of leafingthrough “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library.
Kevin read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory.
In 1994 Kevin moved to London where he now lives and works. He began writing poetry in 2012. Most of Kevin’s poems can be found on his website, https://newauthoronline.com/ which also contains links to his published works. His Twitter account: https://twitter.com/drewdog2060
Much of Kevin’s poetry is inspired by the environment. He lives close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London). Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired Kevin uses Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to use a standard Windows computer or laptop. You can also contact Kevin at: newauthoronline.wordpress.com
“On such a day, when the winter sun
Casts my shadow upon yonder wall,
It is difficult to recall
This will, one day be done.
In future will some other one, sitting here, and seeing their shadow fall