Sunday, October 03, 2021

the portrait from your grave

"i can escape the rain
but i cannot hide from the day's light

when the night falls
i long for the return of day."

- Hwang Jin-i

Hwang Jin-i, or Hwang Jin-Yi (Korean: 황진이; c. 1506 – c. 1560), was one of the most famous courtesans of the Joseon dynasty. She was noted for her beauty, intellect and quick wit. She was acclaimed for the sijo she wrote, but not much of her pieces existed today.

pencil sketch (enhanced with Snapseed) by dsnake1

the portrait from your grave

i duck into the mall
to escape the day's sudden rain

i cannot count the times i wander thus
like a fog breaking at sea

the smile from a poster in the mall
the same as the portrait from your grave.

aug 2021

SiM - Same Sky

Linked to : Writer's Pantry #90 and

                 Paint Party Friday: Week 29. Year 11

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2021

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Blogger Christine said...

Lovely post.

03 October, 2021 22:29  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Christine. :)

03 October, 2021 23:00  
Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Wonderful sijo. Cheobg Lee san. Thanks for dropping by my blog.
Luv your pencil sketch


03 October, 2021 23:13  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Gillena. Glad you liked the sijo.

03 October, 2021 23:28  
Blogger Brother Ollie said...

Very cool exploration. The image of ducking into the mall was perfect.

03 October, 2021 23:41  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Brother Ollie! :)

03 October, 2021 23:55  
Blogger indybev said...

An evocative write!

04 October, 2021 00:17  
Blogger colleen said...

Sijo is a new one on me. It reads so effortlessly and embodies the moments.

04 October, 2021 00:27  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

I really like this form, Lee San, thanks for introducing me to it. It feels like a dance between a cherita and a tanka. The last two lines evoke a wonderful sense of eeriness.

04 October, 2021 01:39  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

This is so beautiful. I love the sijo form; thanks for reminding me of it. It was interesting, too, and rather poignant, to learn of Hwang Jin-i.

04 October, 2021 08:12  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you! :)


Thank you!
yes, like a 'small stone', it's also about the moments. :)


"a dance between a cherita and a tanka" : how well you put it. :)

04 October, 2021 10:31  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


The sijo is a lovely form. so are some other Asian forms like the haiku, tanka and cherita, which the West is taking an interest to.
Hwang lived in an era where there was no rights for women. Wonder how her poetry will be if those rights existed.
i am a curious specimen of a writer. I write in a second language which is not my mother tongue. Wish my grasp of the language would be better, so i can read the contemporary poems of those from Hong Kong, Taiwan, even my own Singapore. But i guess we can't have the cake and eat it too. :D

04 October, 2021 10:43  
Blogger Yvonne Osborne said...

I love these portraits. I love the short forms. So much said with few words.

04 October, 2021 19:45  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Yvonne. Short forms are one of my favourites. :)

04 October, 2021 21:12  
Blogger Khaya Ronkainen said...

Both your poems and the lovely pencil sketch of Hwang Jin-Yi are impressive. That sijo form is brilliant, thank you for the introduction. I'll sure give it a try. :)

04 October, 2021 23:23  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Khaya!

The sijo form is quite elegant. :)

05 October, 2021 00:17  
Blogger Rommy said...

It would have been lovely to have some of her poetry survive.

As to the poem, I too know the feeling of seeing a ghost were none was expected.

05 October, 2021 03:57  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

yes, it would!
Thank you, Rommy. :)

05 October, 2021 14:52  
Blogger Dixie @ Arranged Words said...

Beautiful sketch!

06 October, 2021 02:44  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Dixie! :)

06 October, 2021 11:32  
Blogger Margaret said...

I like the comparison of wandering to fog... we do eventually find our way just like eventually fog does lift...

06 October, 2021 23:20  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Margaret.

i really like at how you look at the fog and wandering. That's the beauty of poetry. someone sees the poem in another light. and the author is the more richer for it. :)

07 October, 2021 15:15  
Blogger WendyK said...

Fabulous drawing.

07 October, 2021 22:02  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, WendyK. :)

07 October, 2021 22:21  
Blogger minnemie said...

Beautiful words and striking monochromatic painting.

10 October, 2021 19:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, minnemie!

10 October, 2021 21:14  

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