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Sonsaengnim

Sonsaengnim*


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 taught me how

One’s life can be sustained with two sticks.

Ruth Sonsaengnim

June 16, 2009

This is Chan Hwa, my favorite student. I miss him. TT

*sonsaengnim –  teacher

*ramyun -ramen/noodles

*Hangul – Korean Language

Annyeonghashimnikka.  Nanun Ruthsonsaengnimibnida…

Shin ramyunun choahabnida.  Muol mokure?  Kkk… ^^*

Junimun norul saranghe.  Annyeong!

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2 thoughts on “Sonsaengnim

    • Thanks for stopping by, slpmartin.

      I love writing about children and for children because I love children. Haha… Perhaps I’m a kid at heart too, so there.

      Ciao!

      Ruthie

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