…Morning Calm

by Heath Hyun Houghton 

I’m eating
The American experience
For breakfast.
In a Korean night shirt.
In the quietly pattering rain.
The pungent air
Smells warm
– feels rich.
What is given
And what is received
Are often very different things.
I find myself standing
In the middle of the
Kitchen floor,
At the center
Of the universe,
And I’m wondering
About the conversation
The daylight
Is having
With the songbirds.


HEATH HYUN HOUGHTON is a Korean American writer, actor, and director currently based in Portland, OR.