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Cathy Xinman: Keep Smiling, Sweetheart!

Smiling Cathy Xinman New Year
Cathy Xinman is a B.C. poet who writes verses in English and Chinese.

In December 2022, Pancouver introduced readers to Cathy Xinman, a B.C. resident who writes poems in English and Chinese. Below, you can read one of her English-language poems, “Keep Smiling, Sweetheart!”. It appears in her English-language collection, Where You Love Yourself.

Keep Smiling, Sweetheart!

Winter, spring, summer, and fall,

four seasons Vancouver enjoys.

It is likely to start with the traditional rain.

What will you bring for a new one?

Here!

Spring has officially sprung.

Mother Nature is repeating-

April showers,

May flowers,

once summer rolls around.

But us? Well,

what’s the best thing to do?

keep smiling, Sweetheart!

Not for a warmer day ahead

but unsettled today with scattered showers.

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Cathy Xinman is a B.C. resident who writes poems in English and Chinese.

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