Poetry from Korea by Ihlwha Choi
God is dangerous.
The man committing theft,
The man committing adultery,
The man committing murder,
Each keeps his secret.
Man takes His name in vain.
God is tired and worn out.
Distinguishing the crimes one by one,
Forgiving, consoling and loving again,
He is in pain — sorrowful and lonely.
He is not joyful at the sound of the psalms —
Plumbing the dark sides of people’s minds,
Looking into their enmities, hatred and greed.
God is rather intolerant
When people try to execute you.
God is very dangerous.
Ihlwha Choi is a South Korean poet. He has published multiple poetry collections, such as Until the Time When Our Love will Flourish, The Color of Time, His Song and The Last Rehearsal.
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