Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ear


KO UN
TRANSLATED BY SUJI KWOCK KIM AND SUNJA KIM KWOCK
Someone’s coming
from the other world.

Hiss of night rain.

Someone’s going there now.
The two are sure to meet.

Korean poet, writer, and activist Ko Un was born in Gunsan-si, Jeollabuk-do. He was drawn to poetry after discovering the early work of Han Ha-Un, a nomadic Korean poet with leprosy. After witnessing the devastation of the Korean War, Ko entered a monastery and became a Buddhist monk. He left the Buddhist community in 1962.