Translated by Chae-Pyong Song and Anne Rashid
Photography by Lee Won-kyu
The Salted Mackerel* by Park Hoo-ki (1968- )
The night a poor father sleeps, embracing a pitiful son,
the night a child sleeps, dreaming of a dry blanket and a hot dish,
the night the big sorrow sleeps, embracing the small sorrow,
the night at the subway station the sleet rubs salt in the wound,
turning over the leaves of newspapers.
*The salted mackerel is one of the most common fish for the working class people in Korea.