Ko Un: Letter

 

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Letter

My bother

a wounded soldier brother
of Vietnam War

I’m drunk
Today I detest lies
hate lies

I never worked 
at an office or candy factory

That was all a lie

Seven years ago, as soon as
I arrived at Seoul Train Station
I went on my road
I went on a road of a Jap’s whore

My bother
my brother 
crippled brother

I got drunk
Only when I’m drunk
I have a home

Even a whore, a whore has a home

Translated by Don Mee Choi

Source: Contemporary World of Poetry: http://contemporaryworldpoetry.com/