The calmness of day
In the space of morning sky, which
Bordered on boredom
Was erased from his eyes.
“I will give you some ramyun
When you finish this exercise,”
I told Sung Hyun, with my pen.
His face responded to the surprise.
A Korean joy
Appeared before me then —
A diligent boy
With a glowing ken.
His fingers were nimble
As he wrote “Passion;”
He would have to forget Hangul
For a while, for ramyun.
There appeared an odyssey of words
On his paper white,
And as he thought of his snack,
He continued to write:
The ten most beautiful words
In the English language are
Love, Mother, Eternity,
Fantastic, Smile, Tranquility;
Destiny, Liberty and Freedom, too —
And Passion, which he already knew.
He finished the test on usage fast,
So, I had a promise to fulfill without delay.
Though his S-TV-DO needed a rehash,
There’d be other days.
His nimble fingers began work anew
With noodles, his expertise.
I watched him intently as he showed me how
His life began with two sticks.
June 16, 2009
*sonsaengnim – teacher
*Hangul – Korean Language