Korean Triptych

By | 1 April 2011

I: SŌSHI-KAIMEI

occupiers gone
Confucius removes
jade mask
 

II: JEO

in Shi Jing poems
kimchi reduces wrinkles
silkskin grandmother

 

III: CARPODACUS ROSEUS

feathers of dawn cross
the 38th parallel
lost Pallas’ Rosefinch

* Koreans forced to take Japanese surnames were referred to as sōshi-kaimei.

* Jeo: early name for kimchi.

* Shi Jing: Book of Songs, first Chinese poetry book 1000 BC.

* Pallas’ Rosefinch (carpodacus roseus) is native to both North and South Korea.


											
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