Canada Korea Literary Festival
At the Canada Korea Literary Festival,
a well organized, professional event,
I had the privilege of reciting
and I’m very pleased I went.
A comprehensive printed program
in both languages, was provided,
(a souvenir worth keeping)
as through the evening we were guided.
The evening started with a reception,
very tasty food had been prepared.
Then, stories, poems, music, dance
and videos were all shared.
I haven’t heard much Korean spoken before,
I find it has a pleasing flow,
melodious sounds, soft-spoken.
It would be difficult for me to learn, I know.
Background music and slide shows
accompanied each performer.
Many hours spent putting it all together
had created an atmosphere much warmer.
My poem “Sixty Years Young”,
from my book Morning Light,
was translated into Korean
and a lovely lady was there to recite.
I think the two boys may have stolen the show –
wonderful talent – reciting and singing.
Then our MC surprised us all
when his powerful voice turned to singing.
It was a most enjoyable evening out
combining cultures and languages –
that’s what Canada is all about.
KWAC – Korean Writers Association of Canada