Chu Yohan

Born in North Korea, educated in China and Japan, editor of “Creation” the first Korean literary magazine, Chu Yohan (1900-1979) was in the vanguard of the new literature movement.

Rain falls.
Night spreads quiet feathers.
Rain whispers across the yard,
a secret conclave of clucking chickens.

Moon wanes to a thread;
warm breezes blow
like spring flowing from the stars;
today the rain falls on top of dark night.

Rain falls.
Welcome as a guest, rain falls.
I open the window to greet the rain;
the rain comes in invisible whispers.

Rain falls.
In the yard, against the window, on the roof.
Rain falls with glad news for me:
news no one else knows.

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