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Don't Bring Out the Straw Mat
Han Kwak


Don’t bring out the straw mat;
I’ll sit on fallen leaves.
Don’t bother to light the pine-knot torch;
The moon will rise again tonight.

But I might say yes to wine
And a little dish of mountain herbs.






Han Kwak's original poem is in the public domain.
This translation by Virginia Olsen Baron and Chang Seuk Park.

From World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (W.W. Norton, 2007).
Used with permission.

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Posted 11/21/2011 10:29 AM
Very nice!
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Who could resist this?
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