Playing the Indian Card

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Choyang and the Plague Demon

Traditional Korean mask depicting a leper.

a Korean folk lyric

Having drained the fine rice wine
Down to milky dregs,
I dance a moonbeam home and in
My bed I count four legs.
These hairy two were mine, I knew--
Now second thoughts awaken:
These tender two I took for true,
These other two have taken.

-- Stephen K. Roney

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