After “Ddaeng” by BTS and
“Multitudes” by Keana Aguila Labra
I am more than another sad poem.
I am my mother’s words,
written in the stars forming into
constellations that guide me
back to the land of cherry blossom
trees, vinyl records, and unopened journals.
I am part of my father’s legacy,
my dad’s memory that I carry
into this new world.
I am more than the bodies left behind
in Squid Games.
Surviving from the games that
champions a white savior then
Thriving with my families’ riches
of dumplings and jade.
I am the fireworks.
I am the tears of grief and joy.
I am my own chosen one.
ASELA LEE KEMPER is a poet who taps into nostalgia and music in her poems. She is the poetry editor at Variety Pack magazine. She is currently pursuing a MFA in Creative Writing with emphasis in poetry at Pacific Northwest College of Arts. She is the author of digital chapbook Cherry Blossom Festival and microchapbook Finally: The Mixtape.