"Self-Portrait" by Seo Jeong-ju



                                                                                     Seo Jeong-ju


Father was a serf;

he never came home, even late at night.

The only things standing there were grandmother, withered

and pale as the roots of a leek,

and one flowering date tree.

For a month, mother...

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.