"Beloved" by Kim Ji-ha

Beloved

 

                                                  Kim Ji-ha

 

When a dry leaf

blows into the edge of the floor,

say that my beloved comes.

When an ant

crawls into the edge of the floor,

say that my beloved comes.

The big world, the huge universe,

people, animals, grass, insects,

soil, water, air, wind, the sun, the moon, and stars

have all worked together to prepare this steamed rice.

So, before this bowl of rice,

please say day and night

that all my beloved have come to me.

When a guest comes,

please spread wide a figured brocade

in your m...