Cry of the People and Other Poems by Kim Chi Ha

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I want to eat pork, put away fat ones. I'll eat you. I've been driven mad by long starvation, Dragging this enormous empty gut along the ground. I will leave the country where there is nothing to eat And go to Seoul~ Picking up food along the way: Fishbones, sprouts, Rib-bones leftover by the dogs, Eggs, houses, streets, Pieces of iron. Male and female, Anything that has grown fatI'll even eat human flesh. Ah, I'm so unbearably hungry I could eat money. 33 The Sun The sun was only as wide as a man's foot.

Sticking in my heart, bleeding painfully, And then clotting into the square scarlet mark ... But for itBut for it I might not refuse death; Even a destiny scattered in ashes would not matter. 37 In eyes anxiously awaiting dawn On such a dark night, In the clear tears overflowing, Could the crystal morning-glory dazzle just once, Could the sun's rays shine. Vivid blue sky opening Through the dark clouds in nightly dreams ... Could I stand in spilling sunrays a moment. Willingly would I die imprisoned in the blue suit; Were it real, Were it now, For ever and ever Willingly would I die.

4. A new Seoul suburb. 5. Wealthy districts of Seoul. 6. The most prestigious streets of the city. 7. The mountain situated at the center of Seoul. 8. A legendary animal, huge and tough-skinned. 9. The poet spells out the Korean words for tycoon (chaebol), Assemblyman (Kukhoeuiwon), government official (kogupkongmuwon), general (changsong) and minister (chang-ch' agwan) using old Chinese ideographs that are homophonic with the Korean pronunciation but which denote "a pack of mad dogs," "hunchbacked foxes and dogs snarling at monkeys," "meritless pigs seated on mountaintops," "gorillas," and "mad· dogs winking at the rising sun," respectively.

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