The night breeze kisses the amber,

coaxing it to twirl and dance

A twinkling speck of rich medallion, melting

my fingers, warming

all these downtrodden



Faceless fields of fire, voices

both green and golden, crying

for the fall of a marionette

and her puppeteer

To snip off the poisoned strings, once

and for all.


A beautiful scene to be woven

in the lies of textbooks

Calm and serene, without a trace

of crimson, yet


Where has the marionette gone when

the denouement has come?

When will all the puppeteers in the world

be rid of, cast away with their

tarnished gold?

When will all fields, scarlet and marigold, be left

to rest in peace?


These still remain, unanswered

But the streets still blossom

into golden fields, ripe

with courage and ire

An eternal blaze, kindling inside

our palms


An angel’s tune charms the streets,

lingering, joined by voices

of fire

When sorrow hangs in my heart,

drop by drop

I rise in the morning hill and

learn a little smile 1



1 “Morning Dew” (composed by Korean singer Kim Min-gi), a protest song banned under President Park Chung-hee.


Soo Young Yun 


Soo Young Yun is a student living in Seoul, South Korea. She has been recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Origami Poems Project, Ann Arbor District Library, and Writing for Peace. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Aerie International, The Best of Kindness 2017, and the Austin International Poetry Festival Di-vêrsé-city Youth Anthology.

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