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Korean Sijo by Ch'ŏn'gum

(dates unknown)

Ch'on'gum was a Korean kisaeng (similar to a geisha) about whom nothing else is known. The following verse seems to be either an imitation or a parody of a similar poem by Sin Hum.

Night settles on this mountain village;
a dog barks 'way over there.
From the gate of my hut
I see a cold moon in a cold sky.
Hey there dog! Why bark like that?
The moon and I want to sleep.

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