World Literature

The King of Giants in Prehistoric Kingdom – Poetry from China

Four poems of Yuan Hongri, the mystic poet, and philosopher

When you are not any more fresh fragrant red apple but faithful pure ruby,

You will see the back of time, the incredible kingdom of the sweet light

Yuan Hongri

Yuan Hongri (born 1962) is a renowned Chinese mystic poet, and philosopher. His work has been published in the UK, USA, India, New Zealand, Canada, and Nigeria. His best known works are Platinum City and Golden Giant. His works explore themes of prehistoric and future civilization.


The King of Giants in Prehistoric Kingdom

When you are not any more fresh fragrant red apple but faithful pure ruby,

You will see the back of time, the incredible kingdom of the sweet light

The palace of stars in which the soul lives and the golden tree in the garden of heaven.

The ulterior you will be a teenager–the king of giants in prehistoric kingdom.






The Sovereign Gods Are all My Own

I’m not Wukong and I don’t want to be Celestial Ruler Supreme God,

But I want to be myself in the beginning.

There was no the heaven and earth at that time and the universe was the paradise of the soul,

In which were full bloom a great many flowers from paradise in the galaxy.

Neither I knew what was the up and down, east and west, nor gentle and simple, both parties.

I was both a teenager and an old man,

The great many numbers of mine had a great many kingdoms, the sovereign gods were all my own.






Giant’s Poem

The body is just a dress of your soul and the world is a picture of time.

You can’t find yourself even you go all over the world,

Because the temple of the soul is in a garden beyond time

Those smiles of the prehistoric giants is in a bright mirror of the quiet spirit

And the interstellar words are giant’s poem.





The Nest of Time

When the lightning of heaven spark-over the head of the night

And make the earth transparent, like the honey of gold,

The angel’s song is like the dance of the swarm

And illuminate the nest of time–the giant labyrinth of stars;

The golden car of dragon and Phoenix will carry the mountains of prehistoric gods

And the giant ship of platinum is suddenly like a outer paradise of the interstellar giants.





(Translated by Yuanbing Zhang)

Yuanbing Zhang

Yuanbing Zhang (b. 1974), is Mr. Yuan Hongri’s assistant and translator. He himself is a Chinese poet and translator, and works in a Middle School, Yanzhou District, Jining City, Shandong Province China. He can be contacted through his
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