to heal. be healed.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

John Keating, Dead Poets Society

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I always say Yonghwa’s English lyrics are poetry to me. I don’t claim to understand poetry however. Everything about poetry, I learned from a movie!

Yonghwa revealed multiple times that he expresses himself through his lyrics. And fans say his music (and lyrics) inspires them and give them encouragement and comfort. “I’m gonna try again, try again, … I’m gonna smile again, smile again”, “I have grown stronger” … Was he trying to heal himself writing those? Watching the video when he said those words out loud instead of singing them, I felt healed. I just hope his own words are as powerful to himself now as when he first wrote them.

There are so many fans out there. We express our love differently. We “follow” each other on social media but we don’t necessarily agree with each other. It’s a pity that we sometimes hurt each other loving our star. But I say the worst thing would be if our love actually hurts our star. I don’t know if it’s happening now (for I don’t go read everything and I don’t even know enough languages). And of course I don’t think I am wise enough to judge what fan behavior may have negative effects … I just need to get these words out of my chest. Now I don’t even know how to end the post.

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