An Empty Lot

  • onOctober 23, 2015
  • Vol.29 Autumn 2015
  • byChoi Seung-Ho
Flowers in the Toilet Bowl
Tr. Kim Won-Chung and James Han


Invincible stillness is most likely
the king who rules the empty lot.
The empty lot may look as if it held nothing
but it is always filled with something.
A wind that sleeps, a wind that busies about,
sometimes a wind
that hurls flower seeds wrapped within dandelion stars
and makes flowers bloom in the empty lot.
The empty lot maintains silence
whether the flowers bloom or wither,
simply providing the earth to grow
and watching absent-mindedly their cycle.
If a passing lizard
or a flitting bird should leave its marks
on the empty lot
they will not last long.
The empty lot will rub out their prints
when raindrops fall from the sky and move the dirt about.
Invincible stillness that leaves no trace
is most likely the king who rules the empty lot.

Author's Profile

Choi Seung-Ho is a poet and associate professor of creative writing at Soongsil University. He has received the Midang Literary Award, Hyundae Literary Award, and Daesan Literary Award. His poetry collection Flowers in the Toilet Bowl has been published in English, and his poems have been featured in PO&SIE. His books have been translated into Japanese, German, Spanish, and French.