"Leper" by Seo Jeong-ju




                              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.