By Chiha Kim

"In the again alley at daybreak¶I write you identify, O democracy"-Chiha Kim

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Having experienced this love, the poet can clearly see "The bud of the cosmos I Shoots everywhere" ("Respect"). The landscape of the new life beyond the death-infected present is similar to the sea of Buddha, where cosmic buds shoot out in the spring and every living thing helps the other, thereby attaining a state of harmony. The poet, who is singing "the song of myself' in the sea of life or in the open world, is a shaman of the full-empty universe. The shaman presents the world of great affirmation by humiliating himself before and showing respect to the cosmic life.

40 CHIHA KIM BLUE CLOTHES 3 I wish I were a bird Or the water or the wind Instead of being in blue clothes which wrap My naked lean body I would wear the sea for a while in a dream My heart bleeds with pain, pierced by The square red patch. 4 Oh! if I could tear it off And live without it, I would gladly die And suffer the fate of dust scattered to the winds Oh! if a morning glory and sunbeam rested On my bright tear-brimming eyes That have, through the dark night, waited For the dawn with a gut-wrenching pain What a blessing it would be!

53 HEART'S AGONY HELL 2 Nothing Can you believe here, Neither the Christ of the masses Nor your trifling resolution to shave your beard today Nobody can you believe here In these dangerous streets Where lifeless dust nests in the bosom silently, Rocks grow from clasped hands, And your bloodshot eyes never blink. Dry thunder from thick grey clouds Slowly approaches these streets, And in these dangerous streets All things are struck dead By the sound of machines · And the silence of leafless trees.

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