Kim Nam-jo

The Winter Sea by Kim Nam-jo

Translated by Chae-Pyong Song and Anne Rashid

Photography by Shawn Malone

Photography by Shawn Malone

The Winter Sea by Kim Nam-jo (1927- )

I went out to see the winter sea.
The unknown bird, the bird I wished to see,
had died and wasn’t there.

The bitter sea wind froze
even the truth into tears
when I thought of you.
The fire of futility
was burning above the water.

It is always
time
that teaches me.
Nodding my head, I stand in the winter sea.


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