Sangnam Nam

Sangnam Nam Poems

Yes, they were flowers
on this beautiful man
in his coffin at a Catholic church
I happened to drop by

You asked me to forget you
You begged me to
Yet I still am not able to forget you
How can I forget

In the middle of the field, there is a flower tree
There is none nearby other than this
The flower tree stands with full of blossoms
he earnestly bloomed thinking about the tree earnestly

In the long future, when you look for me
I would say 'I have forgotten'
If you rebuke me in your heart
I would say 'I have forgotten longing for you so'

Now that the night is approaching midnight
I hear the pounding sound on the window
Not able to sleep I look out the window
You are already long gone no where to be found

The geese gaggle around
Over the 90 thousand miles high
O the fall is waning away!
So cold the wind feels

White flowers were all over
The bride
Chasing her down
Wherever she went

In the mountain
Flower blossoms
Flower is blossoming
Spring, summer or fall

Mom and sis
Let's live
On the river banks

Moves through
The air particles
Burning the O
In its way

The moon
Over the hilly slopes
Followed me very fast
I didn't seem


Poetry is my shelter
from all heartaches
all bigotry
all betrayals

In the rusted old bronze mirror green
I see my face.
O What dynasty's artifact
This is,

Turning around the mount slope I find a lone well near the rice-field and look inside
In the well, there is the moon bright the cloud floating the sky spreading
the wind blowing blue and there is the autumn
And there is this man

My heart is the lake
Do row the boat do come to me
I will shatter myself on the sides of your boat
Like the white jade holding your shadow white

Crossing the river ford
Through the wheat field
Like the moon passes by the cloud
A wayfarer goes

Sangnam Nam Biography

Bio: Sangnam Nam was born in South Korea in 1959. She attended Kyunghee University majoring in English Language and Literature. University of Northern Colorado (UNC) 's English, Reading and Special Education Department also hosted her in their Graduate Programs. Her first poem was written on her Middle school graduation day in 1975, a long prose poem about her years in the middle school with her friends now were graduating. The short poems came about in 1997 when she returned her homeland from the US. After that in 2008 and in 2013, some sporadic writings of poems were practiced. However, Sangnam Nam was and has always been a poet with her keen observations of things and people around her with insight and love. Her real work came about on August 17,2023 when she wrote a poem called 'Scott'. Sangnam Nam studied Nietzsche and his theory of Superhuman; Studied contemporary song lyrics of singers including Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis and The Beatles; History of Rock ‘n Roll, Book of Psalms, Shi Jing(? ?) , The NIV Bible and many others also influenced Her writing. Her favorite authors Include Dostoevsky, Bible Writers, Sophocles, and Homer. =================================== Books I have Read: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gorky and Solzhenitsyn of Russia; Zola, Balzac, Maupassant, Hugo, Gide, Saint-Exupery, Sagan and Sartre of France; Remarque, Hesse, Kafka, Luise Rinser, Rilke of Germany; Brontes, Shakespeare, Maugham, Dickens, Hardy, Sir Conan Doyle and Huxley of England; Robert Stevens, Swift, Becket, Shaw, Lewis and Wilde of Ireland; Dreiser, Hawthorne, Steinbeck, O Henry, Poe, Hemingway, Richard Bach and Erich Segal of the US; =================================== Some more of the authors I have read: The Divine Comedy by Dante, Dr. Faust by Goethe, Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, The Prince by Machiavelli, and The Art of War by Sun Tzu)

The Best Poem Of Sangnam Nam

Offered On A Corpse

Yes, they were flowers
on this beautiful man
in his coffin at a Catholic church
I happened to drop by
He was lying in his coffin
surrounded by numerous flowers
in all colors but what struck me the most
was not the flowers but the beauty
of the man the corpse
a young man died the night before
of drug overdose
I heard the news the night when
he was found dead
in a small town of New Mexico
the young man with his blond ponytail
tied in the back was so strikingly beautiful
but his soul was gone
nowhere to be found
where is he?
I a stranger visitor
of the church funeral
have to follow the custom of
having to kiss him on the cheek
that young man is covered by the
colorful flowers but his beauty and youth
out stood the beauty of the flowers
people in a queue were kissing him on the cheek
I in the same queue am slipping out of the queue
not because I didn't care for him
nor afraid of kissing on a corpse
but had to talk to the priest who presided over
the funeral with my own issues
Daniel was the priest's name
a friend of the dead young strikingly beautiful man
they grew up together
and asked me what matter was that brought me
to come to talk to him
while he was still busy preparing for the funeral
The church was quiet and people didn't cry or
sob over this young man's death
but silently kissing him off
to send him away to another world
so sad to see the young man dead and
leave all of us
so gorgeous his feature was
but sadly in his coffin
I could have watched him there for hours or days
if nobody was there
but the funeral had to be taken place and
the priest who had just talked to me
over my issues that were bothering me
was reading his eulogy
and I then had slipped out of the church
and then the town
I had no time to wait until the funeral end
and see the man go on his journey
With no parting words
I left the church and him in his coffin
filled with the flowers and his dead body
He is a flower to me and to the world who
saw the feature
Hope he ends up to be an angel in Heaven
so I could see him some more in later years
and Daniel the priest he performed the funeral
for his belated friend from his childhood
The day was going so smoothly and
I and the priest were done with talking
but the young dead man reminded me of someone
I left a bit while before
was afraid he could be him?
They resembled very much with their
beauty and hair color and the shape of
the body features
but wasn't him, thank God,
The town was mourning and I was mourning
over the fact that I was away from him
and see another like him in coffin
covered with these flowers as young and fresh
as he was
I am still lucky for I could talk to Daniel
and could observe the funeral at the same time
Sorry Daniel for I kept you from your busy
schedule to have to prepare for the funeral
of his late friend of his from childhood
relieved that he was not him
I took a leave for another town
on my journey to find the truth
and the answers to all my quests,
that was 1993
some twenty years have passed by
like the wind that leaves the rose
he truly cares about
Still the flowers around the dead young man
in his coffin make my breaths taken away
as the beautiful young man the one in coffin
and the one I had just left some time before

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I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will never die but have everlasting life.

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