“하늘이 무너져도 솟아날 구멍이 있다” -korean proverb, meaning “even if the sky collapses, there is a hole to escape out of"
halmoni, did you travel through jungles or desert or rainforest to get here? did you crawl with calloused hands too young to be so torn did you look back at your birthplace those roaring tiger mountains see the bloodline halving your aching motherland like when the soldiers sliced the thick of your omma’s belly before the war was called murder now declared collateral damage
what do you call peace when it arrives as a lifeboat blinking at the cusp of horizon when you have been staring at nothing but empty sea for a hundred years do you call it miracle or mirage do you trust it enough to bring you home halmoni, i could bring my children here.
we could visit the graves of everything they have taken from us you can walk to the hills & see omma again if you listen hard enough you can hear the tigers cry.