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On a Night When Pear Flowers Have Fallen All White

  • onNovember 10, 2014
  • Vol.3 Spring 2009
  • byLee Cheolsoo
On a Night When Pear Flowers Have Fallen All White
2003
143pp.

 

The Moon in Six Panes


Stepping out into the yard, after working deep into the night, I see the crescent moon and gleaming stars contemplating me from the sky above the ridge of the lone dark mountain. They, too, have been contemplating my weary life. As I gaze into the dark, others unveil their existence quietly in the pale moonlight. They are clods imprinted with shovels, low rooftops and faraway pines. Suddenly, because of them, the spring night seems beautiful. Though the sunlight of day is brilliant, with all its warmth, the life force of the world, the pale moonlight alone is fulfilling me so, in this darkness without warmth. Just as much relief should be enough to help me subsist... The waxing and waning moon is no different from an illuminating, and darkening mind.

 

Translated by Daniel Kister.

 

 

 

 

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On a Night When Pear Flowers Have Fallen All White was published in 1996. Through this collection of pictures and poems, the artist reveals a passionate sensibility towards nature and the essence of existence. Combined with wit and the wisdom of Buddhism and Seon (Zen), Lee muses on the meaning of life purpose.