Texas Liberal

All People Matter

Poems By Korean Courtesans Top Weekend Reading List

At the top of the weekend reading list this week is Songs of the Kisaeng: Courtesan Poetry of the Last Korean Dynasty. I’ve got a busy weekend here in Houston and all I’ll have time for is some poetry.

Here is a poem by a person named Kungyo who lived maybe 500 years ago. It’s called Who Caught You?

Who caught you, fish, then set you free

Within my golden pond? 

Which clear northern sea did you leave

for these small waters?

Once here, with no way to flee,

You and I are the same.

June 23, 2007 Posted by | Books, Poetry | 1 Comment