Jaewon Chang is a high school junior living in the Philippines. His works have been recognized by the Scholastics Art and Writing awards on a national level. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cleaver Magazine, Austin International Poetry Festival Youth Anthology, National Poetry Writing Month Anthology (2020), Ilanot Review, Passengers Journal, and elsewhere. During his free time, Jaewon enjoys traveling the city on foot.
A treat eomma cooked for your birthday,
miyeok and water, no condiments needed.
Its broth, one that men enjoyed, enough
to fulfill minds for weeks. It travelled
households during the time, leaked
between mines and the river of Han,
a prophet uniting all flavors. Some prophets
unite countries, perhaps this could hang
in between. The texture may change,
but the taste snares on the tongue, and for a moment
you will forget about the line dividing your nation.