Morning at Tancheon Station -- poetry by Minkyu Shim
I stepped out from Woosung Apartment,
and the Tancheon River undulates below
the short bridge connecting Songpa
and Kang-nam. Heize’s smooth R&B
loops from my earphones just like usual,
and the bus station empties. With my
mask on, I take a seat
on the bench frozen through the night
feeling the waves of the cold air
though the morning starts to warm.
The sky shines blue,
and the tall standing maple trees nestle
the apartment buildings. Next
to them, tiny white gu-jeol-cho flowers
sprout along the Daechi Woosung
crossroad, while the honking of the car
breeds a new day. Breeze folds in and out
of the dashing cars, whips the frozen pavement.
Across the street, business men bundle
up their coats on the way to their office
and I seem to be the only boy among
Minkyu Shim is a 14 years old from South Korea, who is currently studying in International School Manila. Many of his writings are based on his culture and his identity. His work was published in The Heritage Review. He is really passionate about music and he spends his time listening and studying music in his free time. He loves Heize, CHANGMO, and K-Pop.