IA: “In the old days a poet once said ” — Ko Un

In the old days a poet once said
our nation is destroyed
yet the mountains and rivers survive

Today’s poet says
the mountains and rivers are destroyed
yet our nation survives

Tomorrow’s poet will say
the mountains and rivers are destroyed
our nation is destroyed and Alas!
you and I are completely destroyed

“In the old days a poet once said ” — Ko Un

#infiniteanthology day260

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2 thoughts on “IA: “In the old days a poet once said ” — Ko Un

  1. parmis rad says:

    Nicely done! what does Ko Un mean?

  2. Ko Un is a South Korean poet (certainly no stranger to destroyed nations unfortunately) and the author of this wonderful little poem. Read more about his life here.

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