Thursday Poem

Song

—A poem composed in 28 A.D. Korea

When my dead mother comes to me
and asks me to lend her my shoes
I take off my shoes.

When my dead mother comes to me
and asks me to hold her up, for she has no feet
I take off my feet.

When my dead mother comes to me
and asks me to lend her, lend her
I even rip out my heart.

In the sky, mountains rise, trails rise.
At a place where there is no one
two round moons ascend.
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translated from Korean by Don Mee Choi
from Arts & Letters, Fall 2000

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