"Leper" by Seo Jeong-ju

Leper

 

                             

                              Seo Jeong-ju

 

 

Saddened by the sun

and blue of the sky

 

the leper ate a child

at moonrise by the barley fields

 

and through the night cried out

his sorrow red as a flower.

 

Seo Jeong-ju(1915 ~ 2000) was a Korean poet who wrote under the pen name Midang. He is widely considered as one of the best poets in twentieth-century Korean literature.