Society / Culture
The Talented Child Poet
Passing by Kinmaul Kindergarten No. 1 in Moranbong District, Pyongyang, a few days ago, I heard a child reciting a nursery rhyme in a clear voice. Attracted by the recital, I walked into the kindergarten. The child was six-year-old Choe Sung Gwon.
Kindergartener Han Hyang Ran in charge of the boy said that the child caught her attention from the moment when he came to her for the first time. This was because he had two opposite sides in his behaviour. When she saw him quietly reading a fairy-tale book away from other children’s play, she thought he was a boy of steady character under the influences of his parent who was a researcher. But she was quite at a loss how to rate him when she found him doing all the talking in the nursery room in her brief absence.
One day, watering the flower garden, Hyang Ran happened to see the little boy gazing at a butterfly flying over the flowers. Quietly approaching, she asked him if he was going to catch the butterfly. But he shook his head and said, “Miss, yesterday when a large number of butterflies were flying all over the place, it appeared all the air was covered with floating petals. Today the butterfly on the peony looks like a petal of the flower itself.” This was how he would talk when he saw something in the zoo or fun fair. What he learned from a book or a story was different from what other children saw.