If you’re getting on the Internet
take with you
a sheet of paper, just like a charm.
If you pass through fleshpots
where temptations are rampant,
or get snatched by the ankle
by those genome genes,
or lose sight in the web of radio waves
flashing in torrents,
monsters, bogs, fierce winds,
then listen to the paper’s voice
rising clear and crisp.
If you tire out, all giddy
from site to site,
then take a sheet of blank paper
and with all your mind
write down each letter of your name
stroke by stroke.
Translated by Cho Young-Shil
Shin Dalja is a member of the National Academy of Arts, and has served as the chair of the Society of Korean Poets. She has received the Republic of Korea’s Eungwan (Silver Crown) Order of Cultural Merit, the Chong Chi-Yong Literature Prize, the Daesan Literary Award, and the Gong Cho Literature Award. Her poetry collection Paper has been translated into Mongolian and Spanish, and Passionate Love into German.