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Picture 10537121, 1924 illustration, image copyright Mary Evans

Purple Moon
by Anna Yin


I could not recall

any moon in the film, could you?

When Tom appears at the boat

instead, I think of you,

a younger version at Hydra Island,

your blue tides, your blue songs …

What do they bring you now?


On my sleepless nights

you are the dolphin swimming gently

into the body of my blue water

deep down with a thousand kisses

Lost in sighs, lost in mist

Where will I dance to the end?


Perhaps there is no purple moon nor Tom

In my dream, at the garden,

you cup my hands and

say you would only save me, save me …

but the winds blow

we both know it is too late, too late

the tides grow high and higher


© Anna Yin

Picture 10537121, 1924 illustration, image copyright Mary Evans


Anna Yin  was  Mississauga’s Inaugural Poet Laureate  (2015-17) and has authored  five poetry collections  and one collection of translations:    Mirrors and Windows (Guernica Editions 2021). Anna won the 2005 Ted Plantos Memorial Award, two MARTYs, two scholarships from USA and grants from Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. Her poems/translations have appeared at Queen’s Quarterly, ARC Poetry, New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, Literary Review of Canada etc. She read on Parliament Hill, at Austin International Poetry Festival, Edmonton Poetry Festival and universities in China, Canada and USA etc. She has designed and taught Poetry Alive since 2011.


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