Monday, 3 July 2006

A Korean shijo poem

A shadow is reflected in the water:
a monk is crossing the bridge.
Monk, stay a moment; let me ask you where
you're going?
Stick pointed
at white clouds, he passes without a backward glance.

—A poem by Chong Ch'ol (1536-93), in Shijo Rhythms, trans. Kevin O'Rourke (Seoul: Eastward, 2001), p. 57.

1 Comment:

Mike Todd said...

Love it. Thanks for posting.

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