Plantain by Chin’gak Kuksa Hyesim

A plantain is an unlit
green candle of beeswax

the spread leaves, a vernal coat’s sleeves
desiring to dance.

I see this image in my intoxicated eyes
though the plantain itself

is better
than my comparisons.

From: http://www.gwarlingo.com/2013/the-sunday-poem-hyesim-translated-by-ian-haight-tae-yong-ho/

Date: c1210 (original in Korean); 2012 (translation in English)

By: Chin’gak Kuksa Hyesim (1178-1234)

Translated by: Ian Haight (19??- ) and T’ae-Yong Ho (19??- )

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