June 11, 2016

Ethan Kim (age 14)

CANDLE

Lit up,
Luminous,
And guiding us down the path.
Staring,
At the night wonders,
Hanging out on a limb.
The sun rises on a new day,
And the light is extinguished.
Who needs their own light,
When they are already outshined?
Is what some people say,
Dimming the world around them,
And using that as evidence.

from 2016 Rattle Young Poets Anthology

__________

Why do you like to write poetry?

Ethan Kim: “I like to write poetry because it is not just a way of expressing myself along with the truths and lies of the world around me. Poetry is a way of communicating ideas and values into a text that can be read in seconds and affect one for a lifetime.”