the manifesto: part one


i’m a midwest boy
with heart in my lungs
there’s seoul in these bones
(though it missed my tongue)

youngest of three
by a margin of ten
born to a home
ruled by a hen

five of us all
four parents, i cite
each working hard
to raise me up right

one taught me duty & principle.
another, serenity.
the third piqued a desire to create,
and the last defined how to lead.

more a result of others
than indeed, of myself
makes one quite humbled
to have been granted such help.