Cry for One Korea

by Wansoo Kim    

Cry for North Korea                     

The waves of civilization

Flow so fast

That we can fly

To China or Russia

Within half-a-day,


But in North Korean land

That one blood flows.

What kind of river of grudge

Is so deep there

That even parents, brothers and sisters

Can’t cross it

For over sixty long years?


In the North,

People go over the Tumen River

Casting away even their lives

As they don’t fill their empty stomach,

But in the South,

People pour a bundle of money into drugstores or clinics

As they don’t lose the fat on their belly;

Is it Okay to do so

Among parents, brothers and sisters with one blood?

It is said that last summer,

Even houses to lay their body down became like the sea water

Owing to the indiscriminate bombing of the sky;

Where do they sleep

And can they eat even any porridge?


Cry, the fat Southern land.

Cry on your knees

Not making any excuses.

Don’t you hear the groan

Of your starved parents, brothers and sisters?

Cry for South Korea

North Korean land,

Those whom you trampled with military boots

Shedding cannonballs

With your blood of hatred

More than sixty years ago:

Who were they to you?


Those living in the South

Whom you want to burn

Through the fire sea

As your blood of anger hasn’t cooled

Although they send rice to you:

Who are they to you?


The bitter enemies

Whom you want to kill

With missiles and nuclear bombs

Gnashing your teeth:

What kind of mistake did they make?


Until when will your great leader be bragging

A strong and prosperous country,

And the Earthly paradise,

While the people are bawling out

Due to their starvation

As days go by?


Cry, the northern land.

Cry beating your heart,

Not making any excuses.

Be young children

And cry your eyes out

Looking at the blue sky.


Wansoo Kim has a Ph. D. in English Literature from the graduate school of Hanguk University of Foreign Studies. He was a lecturer at Hanguk University of Foreign Studies and an adjunct professor at Incheon Junior College for about 20 years. He has published 5 poetry books, one novel, and one book of essays. One poetry book, “Duel among a middle-aged fox, a wild dog and a deer” was a bestseller in 2012, one page from the book of Letters for Teenagers was put in textbooks of middle school (2011) and high school (2014) in South Korea, and four books (Easy-to-read English Bible stories, Old Testament(2017), New Testament(2018) and Teenagers, I Support your Dream”) were bestsellers. He was granted a Rookie award for poetry at the magazine of Monthly Literature Space in South Korea, and the World Peace Literature Prize for Poetry Research and Recitation, presented in New York City at the 5th World Congress of Poets(2004). He published poetry books, “Prescription of Civilization” and “Flowers of Thankfulness“ in America.(2019), received Geum-Chan Hwang Poetry Literature Prize in Korea(2019) and International Indian Award(literature) from WEWU(World English Writer’s Union)(2019).



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