Cover Photo: A view of Noah lying in water in a reed-filled savannah landscape. On the right, reflected in the water, the loose and warped image of his father’s face.
Illustration by Sara Wong for Catapult

My Father Lives in Me: On the Lion King, Grief, and Resemblance

“My father, was alive, in me—in my reflection, in my voice, in my posture.”

After my cousin moved out, after my paternal, Korean grandparents moved out, after a previously full house of eight was cut into four, we sat around the dinner table in silence.

The Lion King

The Lion King

*

know

Lion King

Lion King

Lion King

He lives in you

He lives in me

He watches over everything we see

Into the water

Into the truth

In your reflection

He lives in you

Lion King

Noah Cho teaches middle-school English in the San Francisco Bay Area. His writing has appeared on NPR's CodeSwitch, Shondaland, The Atlantic, and The Toast. He spends most of his free time going on hikes with and taking photos of his doggo, Porkchop. Find him on Twitter  @noahreservation and Instagram  @noahreservations