"you are beautiful!"
i did not want to fall onto the ground.
i wanted to remain in the branch where I belonged to.
in the summer,
i hided the birds' nest with my green clothes
from the predator's invasion.
i protected the nest from rain, wind and storm.
i enjoyed the musical all birds were orchestrating
in the woods.
but i had to accept my fate to fall onto the ground
but i did not want to fall.
Therefore, don't tell me, "You are beautiful!"
Se Woong Ro is a poet and essayist. Former president of the Yoon Dong-ju Memorial Group-Washington Chapter, he has authored his first poetry book, The Wayfarer of Kilimanjaro , (in Korean) in 2012.