Chong Chol

(1536-1593 / Korea)

Two Stone Buddhas - Poem by Chong Chol

There, by the roadside, face to face,
Two stone Buddhas stand.

Rain has greened the patient shoulders,
Frost has split a hand
And wind has brazed the lowered eyes.

Yet, cold and hungry there,
I envy them their ignorance
Of man's divine despair.

Translated By Graeme Wilson

Form: Sijo

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 6, 2015

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