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Vol. 5 Issue 1

Manu Mangattu



Written by

Hongri Yuan

Platinum City


Ah! Of iridescent gems of time,

The heavenly road you paved light!

In a kingdom of stars,

I found my home.

In the golden cities,

I opened the gates of the city to the sun,

To behold the godly giants.

At the royal palace of the jewel,

I read of prehistoric wonderful poems

The enormous, gorgeous ancient books.

Carved with the golden words,

The wondrous strange mystery tales,

Made my eyes drunken.

I walked into the full new universes,

And saw the holy kingdoms:

Even before the earth was born,

The erstwhile home of human history.


Across Time and Space in crystalline glitter

Stands this moment a platinum city –

The spaceships drifting leisurely,

Like the birds, resplendent in variegated hues.


In the crystal garden I saw,

A crowd of youthful giants,

Their eyes were bright and glittering

In the aura of the body sparkle..


They sang happy songs,

They danced a wonderful dance,

Lanky boys and girls in pairs,

As if to celebrate the splendid carnival.


I saw a circular edifice,

High above the city.

Giving out white-bright lightnings.

Raised ground to fly into the quiet space.


A frame of platinum edifice,

Creating a beautiful pattern.

The whole city is a circle,

Arranged into a fine structure.​


Into a bright hall I went.

A strange instrument there I saw.

A huge screen hanging on the wall,

Displaying a golden space​.


Like bits of colourful crystal gemstones!

Resplendent with variegated colours of the city!

Those strange and beautiful high-rise buildings,

A sight better than the myth of the world.


I saw lines of strange letters.

On one side of the screen flashed swiftly

Numerous young and strong giants

An effort to concentrate on the changing images.


Their look is quiet and peaceful.

The learned flame flashes in their eyes.

In a flash of clothes

The next is a whole.


Their stature, unusually tall.

Each one is well-nigh seven meters high.

Both men and women look dignified,

Almost no age difference apparent.


Their skin is white as snow,

With a faint flashy shine,

Bright eyes are as naive as an infant’s

Also kindled with a strange flame.


They manipulate the magic of the instrument.

The pictures of the changing space.

Their language is artless and plane.

As the bell is generally pleasant.


As I survey the length and breadth of the bright hall

I feel a powerful energy

Body and mind suffused with bliss and delight.

As if I too am a giant.​


I seem to understand their language.

They are exploring the mysteries of the universe.

The cities on a lot of planets

Peopled with their countless partners.


Their mind they use to manipulate the instrument

Also can to transfer data be used

Even thousands of miles apart

Also to talk free to the heart.


Many lines of text on the screen

Is but a message from afar.

The whole universe is their home.

They build cities in space.


They use the spaceships

To transport you to far-distant other spaces.

Into a lightning, a moment, and you

Vanish into thin air, without a trace.


I feel a new civilization.

They have magical eyes.

They seem to be able to see the future

And can enter diverse time-spaces.


Men and women are holy and loving

Superior to our world's so-called love

They don't seem to understand ageing

Neither do they know about war.


Time seems not to exist

Science is jut a wonderful art

Their happiness comes from the creation of

A universe full of divine love.


I saw a young giant

Opening the door of a platinum

A round, magnificent hall

Packed with rows of giant s of men and women.​


I saw a crystal stage.

Gyrating at the center of the hall.

Where a dignified and beautiful girl

Was playing a huge musical instrument.


A bunch of golden rays,

Shifting with all kinds of brilliant graphics

A mysterious and beautiful music

Like the Dragon leisurely crowing.


Thence I saw an enormous giant

Jump out of the remarkable dance onto the stage.

His hands held a huge ball

Which flashed with many colourful drawing .


I saw a group of young girls

Wearing a kind of white dresses

They seemed to fly lightly

Like the giant cranes.


The huge circular hall was resplendent

With clear, transparent decoration.

Like a bizarre gem of a full set,

Scintillating brilliantly in the light.


I saw a young singer

About the golden flame

The sound was strange and striking

Like singing , like chanting too.


Their music is at once mysterious and blissful

That shift randomly like the lightning

As if many planets of the universe

Shining bright and light​ in space.


The crystal city, aloft in space

Looks resplendent, magnificent

Countless wonderful golden flowers

Bloom and blush in that flawless space.


I saw an image of a transparent smiling face,

As if it were a colourful garden

The sky shed the golden light

And turned it into a city of gold​.


I strode out of the circular hall

Came to a wide street with a smooth

Pavement covered with precious stones

And in line with the platinum edifice.


There are no terrestrial trees here,

But they are in full bloom with a lot of exotic flowers.

Sparkling with rich incense,

Shaping a garden at the center of the street.


Some strange flowers were there.

The branches as transparent crystal

Flashing all kinds of brilliant colours;

And bunches of round golden fruit​.


I saw a huge statue.

It was like a spaceship.

Clustered around by shining stars,

High above the centre of the street.


I saw the column of a dazzling fountain

In a huge circle in the square;

The elegantly modelled statues

Portraying the holy giants​.


The soaring magnificent edifices

Ran round the circle square.

There were some garden villas

There was a platinum steeple.


I saw a wide river

Girdling this huge city

The bottom flashed with transparent gold dust,

Amidst which were scattered brilliant gems.


The planning of tall trees on shore

And a long crystal corridor

A big multi-coloured bird

Three five one group floated on the surface of the water.


I saw a vast forest

The swaying tree, a tree of gold

The trees with towering spires

And as some platinum Pavilion​.


I saw some giants along the walk,

Some male and female bodybuilders.

At the water's brink or in the forest,

Like birds carefree and relaxed.


The wonderful space was as bright as crystal,

Embraced this platinum city;

A giant, white and bright ball,

Flashing boundless light into the air​.


It resembled the huge suns,

And like the man-made planets,

The whole city was shining too,

Weaving a rare breed of magic​.


A strange speeding train circled,

About the city back and forth;

There seemed to be a kind of track in the sky

Like a shiny silver curve​.


They seated body white buildings,

As if it was a dreamlike maze,

This huge city was unusually quiet,

Could not even hear the sound of the wind​.


I bade goodbye to the platinum city.

Near a golden space,

Stands another city here,

A huge city of gold​.


The building here is also huge.

But it's another beautiful shape.

The whole city is glittering,

Golden edifice as beautiful as sculpture.


Here there live some other giants.

As if from another nation,

They have boundless wisdom.

Like a golden, holy civilization.

About the Poet

Hongri Yuan, born in China in 1962, is a poet and philosopher interested particularly in creation. Representative works include Platinum City, The City of Gold, Golden Paradise, Gold Sun and Golden Giant. His poetry has been published in the UK, USA, India, New Zealand, Canada and Nigeria. The theme of his work is the exploration about human prehistoric civilization and future civilization. Phone:+86 15263747339 Address: No.18 middle school Yanzhou District, Jining City, Shandong Province, China.


An Editor’s notation, following conversation with the translator…

This brief reader’s introduction to Chinese poet-philosopher Hongri Yuan’s Platinum City poem which is his vision (while meditating in 1991 and written in 1998).  It is his view of a civilization from the ancient past, its connection with prior human life and the projection that with more awareness humans could become a more universal future civilization and people. From his consideration of ancient times wherein humans were giant-like and more idealized and gods idealized beings, he suggests that this view offers us a glimpse of what mankind may become with elimination of boundaries of nation, race and religion, for instance.  Yuan believes that concepts of good vs. evil and beauty vs. ugliness will dissipate and humans can achieve a more universal civilization and homeland in the universe.  Further, Yuan notes that prior times don’t disappear but remain locked within Space, and discovery of more such civilizations can only provide humans with keys to our advancement in the future.


About the Translator

Manu Mangattu is an Assistant Professor, Department of English at St George College Aruvithura, India. Email: Web:

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