"Hands" by Seo Dong-Wook



by Seo Dong-Wook



Like two stamps overlapping on a tiny postcard

tightly I pull you in,

press my chest against your back,

place my fingers on your fingers.

Drawn by the gravity of the one another’s body

the iron particles in our bodies

start to pull in one direction.

Like that, one finger grows


and slowly traces the path of blood

of another fingertip, and there

is a spring that pulses.

The night starts frosting over.

The Milky Way dries up.

The stars one by one turn into desert.

Thump thump.

From the spring, warm water vibrates

and an Earth is born,

everything brightens.

If I keep my eyes closed:

through the trajectory of blood vessels

between these two bodies.

Thump thump.

Leaving a long trail behind

A planet travels back and forth.



Translated by Lee Ji yoon




Seo Dong-Wook is a poet, philosopher, and literary critic. He is a professor of philosophy at Sogang University. He has published three poetry collections, one critical essay collection, and one book of essays, in addition to writing or translating several books of philosophy.