Sunday 5 May 2013

1 Poem by Suchoon Mo


such a great opera
Don Jose killed Carmen
many times

a soprano in cold shower
is she singing
or screaming?

everyone is going to an opera
I am going to a funeral
everyone will be moved and touched
so shall I
everybody will be clapping hands
so shall I

you are allowed to yell
in an opera house
because she died singing
but you are not allowed to yell
in a funeral home
just because she died singing

when the soprano sings an aria
do not sing along
her voice will climb to the high C note
sooner or later
and you can only croak
like a frog

in this silent holy night
three drunkards sing
a song of silent holy night

in an empty theater
the stage is set
for a mute tragedy
of chorus singers
who are mute
on the stage

[Frog Mantra, Accents Publishing, 2012]


Suchoon Mo is a Korean War veteran and a retired academic living in the semiarid part of Colorado. His poems and music compositions appeared in a number of literary and cultural publications. His recent poetry chap book, Frog Mantra, has been published by Accents Publishing of Lexington, Kentucky.

1 comment:

  1. Dichotomy exposed. Well done piece.