Chungmi Kim


Orbit: The Asian American Issue
Volume 15:3, Summer 2014


Thoughts are nurtured
by the touch of my soul.

Born out of thoughts
words are made to be beads.

I string them to capture
the memories of time
spent in this life


somewhere in the universe
to be imprinted in the void

like stars.


This poem previously appeared in Glacier Lily by Chungmi Kim (Red Hen Press, 2004).


Chungmi Kim, a Korean American poet and playwright, is the author of the poetry books Glacier Lily (2004, Red Hen Press) and Chungmi: Selected Poems (1982, Korean Pioneer Press). Her poetry has been included in numerous anthologies and featured on Garrison Keillor's National Pubic Radio program The Writer's Almanac (January 2010) and in Poetry Society of America's "Poetry In Motion" program in Los Angeles (1998). Her play, Comfort Women, was produced at Urban Stages, Off Broadway in New York and consequently published in New Playwrights The Best Plays of 2005 by Smith and Kraus. To read more by this author: Five Poems, Vol. 6:3, 2005