Translated by Chae-Pyong Song and Anne Rashid
Photography by Shawn Malone
The Winter Sea by Kim Nam-jo (1927- )
I went out to see the winter sea.
The unknown bird, the bird I wished to see,
had died and wasn’t there.
The bitter sea wind froze
even the truth into tears
when I thought of you.
The fire of futility
was burning above the water.
It is always
that teaches me.
Nodding my head, I stand in the winter sea.