A Poem for 23

In a certain land, 24. In another, 23.
“Derek” for the past 13, now a return to, “Kunhee.”

A lifetime paradigm of sorts. Puzzle, even paradox, considered.
All cumulates to its Genesis.

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Fellow pilgrims encountered on this way; Heed taken to their counsel:
Mother Father as cast iron. Friendship closer than kinship. Simplicity in Truth. Truth is simple.
All in the Book of Wisdom.



Yet beneath lies a crevasse unseen.
Assimilating at last, yet feeling more distant than ever.
Distance cries its lies. Fresh manifestations of a familiar vice.

But Moses, Paul, they too, fretted, says that closer-than-brethren friend.
Mysterious seasons as yours are rare not. Thus fear not.
I turn back to the Book.


The Author orchestrates, I see; Tuning and trying, for utility.
So I do see, slightly clearer, reality is no paradox, if I only perceive.
It took a familiar foreign place, to see, there is a dwelling pasture, peace abundant.
I do perceive. Less a paradox, but beneath my feet: Stability.

Seeing and savoring this on 23.

Derek Kunhee Kim
김건희 (金健熙)

Special thanks to Lynnae Supplee for her revisions.

Author: Derek Kunhee Kim (김건희/金健熙)

Pilgrim in Process. Univ. of San Diego Law. Retired Compassion Intern + Michigan State Tracklete. Novi HS Alumnus. Author of Four Years, Two Roads. Aspirant Polyglot.

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