“Tell Ten People Your Sacred Secret”

I’m leaning in to tell you
my sacred secret and
it is this,

” i have a profound love of the written language…
as an exile,
fresh-off-the boat,
bye/bye cultural third grade fluent,
latch key tv sitting/
dictionary work cheater,

I carry my talents into the world for us to feast/
share with one another.
I will see you at the table with
long chopsticks, too long
to feed myself but
perfect length to feed
those to my left and
those to my right.

Text copyright ©2011 by Hae Jung Kwon. All rights reserved.


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All posts are original intellectual property. Copyright 2010 Hae Jung Kwon. All rights reserved.
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2 Responses to “Tell Ten People Your Sacred Secret”

  1. liz says:

    love it!

  2. Patricia says:


    this is said before meals in Japan…it’s a way of giving gratitude and thanks for all who played a role in cultivating, preparing, and sacrificing so that we may eat, and literally means “i humbly receive”.

    itadakimasu for this meal of words.

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