Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Seoul writings

1.
Dangsan: Day One
12/7/09

the green & wood
embrace & edge
tongues of form
reach for expectant joy

2.
Dangsan: Skies open
13/7/09

Hard rain through night.
Tiny districts folded within each other like streams pouring souls to the Han.

3.
Mapo-gu, Sungsan-1-dong (Family visit)
14/7/09

Rabbit wanted to eat tiger.
Brother tiger had been kind
showing pictures of when they were babies.
Instead rabbit climbed his mothers back
& clung tightly most of the night.

4.
Insa-dong (Inner district)
15/7/09

Shadow birds converge on blue pots
as red women divulge secret worlds.
The trickster monk cries "Come, come hold the paper." Sketches a show - we are all poor artists.

5.
Insa-dong (Inner district) Part 2
16/7/09

Be free whisper all the quiet places of beauty.
We are serious & socially responsible.
We scream in tender silence our love for our community.
We are the outliers.
Share the dream.

Outside people jostle for every inch in the heat.


6.
North Korean Studies (Gyongnam)
17/7/09

Books, books & books with wings.
Refugees in order.
Where's number 23?
Hands of the blind
anticipates building
memoirs of flight.
Do you study to forget?
The night dreamers never forget.

7.
Inchon & Wolmi Islands
18/7/09

The loving pre-teen & pre-old spirits
welcome us through the islands.
The caring brother & sister's hands
guide passages from ancient parks to ocean shores.
Gulls dance truth & reconciliation
on the sea breeze remembering the napalm & strafing.
Give thanks with paper crane in pocket & shik hae in backpack.

8.
KoreaHouse Sijo
19/7/09

At foot of Namsan mountain family of twenty feasts.
One of the six martyred ministers watches warily.
Heat of day cools hidden passions blessing youngest sister.