in the eyes

it’s the same smile
all these years
warm kind
looking out
to the world
yet there now
in the eyes
a touch of sorrow
perhaps
at this lingering awareness
of life
not always living up
to one’s expectation

I Did Not Know Before by Sowol Kim

I did not know before
that the moon rises every night.

I did not know before
that I would miss you so much.

I did not know before
how to watch the brightest moon.

I did not know before
how the moon would be my sorrow.

translated by Jaihiun Kim & Ronald B. Hatch