for the one waiting: a kasa*

Heart rusted by old clock’s thick hands,
death never knocks, no one arrives.

You’ve suit yourself in silence’s lap,
still steps of spring bring in lilacs.

As blossoms wilt, more souls depart,
while you’re still there, above graveyards.

Immortal but forever cursed—
to wait for love, that never stays.

08.20.2021
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For dVersePoetics – Exploring the realm of Korean Literature (first stop, Seoul) – inspired by Goblin and following the form Kasa as introduced by Sanaa.

*Kasa tends to be much longer than other forms of Korean poetry and is usually written in balanced couplets.
– Syllabic, 7-syllable lines broken by caesura into alternating groups of 3 and 4 syllables or 8 syllable lines broken by caesura into equal 4 syllable phrases.
– Groups of variable numbers of lines as opposed to uniform stanzas.
– Content is described or exposed through parallels. This is the heart of the form.

To complete the Goblin experience, happy to share its theme song which is really heart wrenching and a poem (YES! there was a poem in this drama series which I took note of and saved back when I watched it in 2017)
Mass is not proportional to volume.
A girl as small as a violet,
a girl who moves like a flower petal
is pulling me toward her with more force than her mass.
Just then like Newton’s apple
I rolled toward her without stopping until I fell on her
with a thump,
with a thump.
My heart keeps bouncing between the sky and the ground.
It was my first love.



(Now someone please give me some tissue. 😭😭😭)

15 thoughts on “for the one waiting: a kasa*”

    1. Brother, good morning (or afternoon) on your side of the world. I’ve watched this Korean series back in 2017 and the memory of its story is well and alive. It also has a beautiful, beautiful poem included in the series!!!!

      Anyway, enough of my emotional comment. 🙂 I am happy to see you here and thank you for always reading my words, brother!

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  1. Oh my goodness this is incredibly beautiful! Gosh … you have cocooned the tragedy, the myth, the romance of the Korean drama “Goblin,” with such finesse .. sigh especially love; “You’ve suit yourself in silence’s lap, still steps of spring bring in lilacs.” Thank you so much for writing to the prompt. Wowww!!! 💝💝💝💝

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