If You Can’t See Me,
I Can’t See You
(sign at the back of a truck)
by Changming Yuan
Gemini Magazine
Outside the picture, if you can’t see me, I can’t see you

Under a pile of words, if you can’t see me, I can’t see you

Behind a big truck, if you can’t see me, I can’t see you

That is, since I drive in front of you

If you want to pass but can’t see me in

My driver’s seat, or in my front rear mirror, you are

In my blind spot, so don’t follow me too closely, don’t

Try to pass me, but stay calm behind my shadow

Otherwise you would kiss my big ass in a bloody way

And so, when you communicate

Wait and make sure you see the right person first –

That’s for your own safety, pal

When you are dating, dancing, cursing, playing or fighting

It’s best to have the real person in view:

If she can’t kiss you, you can’t kiss her

If you can’t put up with me, I can’t put up with you

If fame can’t grow out of you, you can’t grow out of fame

If money can’t find you, you can’t find money

If the politician can’t trust you really, you really can’t trust the politician

Look, what I point out is, if you can’t see me, I can’t see you

Whether it is in a book, at a cemetery, on a plane, or behind a truck

Drive safe, you asshole.
Changming Yuan authored several books
before emigrating from China and
currently teaches writing in Vancouver.
Yuan's poems have appeared in Barrow
Street, Best Canadian Poetry, Drunken
Boat, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine
and over 200 other literary publications
worldwide. His debut collection
(Chansons of a Chinaman) and
monograph (Politics and Poetics) were
both recently released. Yuan has twice
been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
If you don't
you can't
Top photo: Jonathan Winters from "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" movie trailer (1963)