Ko Un

Poems by Ko Un

Pumpkin Flower

Sunlight

The News of Flowers

  Ko Un

The News of Flowers

Spring. Everythingís liberated.
The news of flowers
eases the poverty of this world.
Throughout this fractured country
(some say itís a pity,
others not so)
spring has come full force.
An azalea blooming at Cheju Island
in the very south,
after a few days
begins blossoming
across the sea
in Southern Cheolla
& Southern Kyeongsang.
A few days later
& it reaches the shore of the Han, mid-country,
& all along the Soyang River.
About a month later
around Hyesan
on the upper reaches of the Yalu, North Korea: blossoms.
At the end of May
about 2700 meters up
by a cold spring at the treeline
azaleas bloom in many colors.
This is enough.
One cannot wish for more.
Where could things be better than among the flowers of a spring day?
So with South & North: gradually, evenly.


ABIDING PLACES: KOREA SOUTH & NORTH (Tupelo, 2006)

 

 

 

 

 

 
         
    Poetry Center Reading:
    Spring 2010