- Delights of Life
The Era of No Farewells
My friend is moving to America for his old age.
He says he will live on emails and telephone calls just like in Seoul
and will die among his children
but there will be no way to meet in Insadong1 on a late autumn evening
with chilly rain dampening the ground
and have a slow drink together
with a side dish of steamy odeng.2
However, it is also good to part while our memories glitter
rather than one leaving this world earlier than the other.
If bacteria have no pleasure at being divided
why is separation so hard?
1 An area in Seoul noted for historic and cultural attractions.
2 Ground fish that is processed into sheets or shapes and used in various dishes in Korea and Japan. It is also a popular street food when skewered and steamed.
Delights of Life
With a radio strapped over my shoulder
I’ve moved several times north and south of the Han
wasn’t lonely till my mid-70s
with no need for a cat or dog
meanwhile I’ll listen to the oldies I put aside
pain patches attached to my back
live like a watermelon seed stuck in red reclusion.
With this in mind
Can I console what’s left of my life?