In Front of the Round Wall

Kim Hyesoon | Poetry

translated by Cindy Juyoung Ok

If you post a letter
it will come back
If you send love
circling the earth round
your loving wrists
will be back soon and
shatter under your feet

If you fly a bird
the bird will fly away
get stuck to me and
if you spend a lifetime
letting it flow
riverwater will go
and return again and
if you spread your limbs out
to send them to the sky
the sky will bend back returning
to land horizon and water horizon and

in this way
on the last day
in front of the wailing round wall
I to you
throw curses
Yes this one
come on out
and get your poison!
And then
quickly I hold the poison bowl
and drink it away