Five Poems by Ko Un

Five Poems by Ko Un

Two beggars
sharing a meal of the food they’ve been given

The new moon shines intensely

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Two beggars
sharing a meal of the food they’ve been given

The new moon shines intensely

*

In a poor family’s yard
the moon’s so bright it could beat out rice-cakes

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Get yourself a friend
come to know a foe
Get yourself a foe
come to know a friend

What kind of game is this?

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A thousand drops
hanging from a dead branch

The rain did not fall for nothing

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Without a sound

resin buried underground is turning into amber
while above the first snow is falling

Translated from the Korean by Brother Anthony of Taizé, Young-moo Kim and Gary Gac

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