Five Po e ms b y R a He e -D uk Translated by Diana Hinds Evans D eath b y ex p o su re This morning I noticed An abundance of dried fruit in my room. The pomegranates and clementines on my desk have become hard as stone. Their fragrance gone, they lie at rest. Perhaps losing your scent you will gain eternal life, I whisper as I stroke toughened skins. Acorns that dropped on my head last autumn Line up evenly on paper. When I rattle them a distant bell tolls. The dried wild rose is still red. Looking at fresh flowers or fruit The thought that I should give them a funeral Before they rot in their own juices Brought me to subject them to death by exposure. In the breezy sunshine I hung the fragrant bodies upside down If flesh and blood did not disappear 325 I could have no peace I placed on the fire flesh pickled in sugar of pain, Stirred it with a wooden spoon If I did not run away I couldn't endure Have I dried up too? Someone said I do a good job of drying flowers but
Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 28, 2008
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