Poem after writing an email to my birth mother

by Sean Cho A.

[ Editor’s Note: This piece is part of the “Topical” series, with each piece solely submitted to and chosen by the Final Reader Pietra Dunmore.]

If I was not American
I would be at war.

In Korea K-pop groups must still serve
their required 2 years of military service.

I am not very tactical and hate loud noises.
I am grateful there are words
to make poems with.