Poems by Mr. Kang, Byeong-Cheol from Korea

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Kang Byeong-Cheol (writer, poet, translator, PhD in Political Science)

Poet Mr. Kang, Byeong-Cheol is a Korean author and poet, born in Jeju City, South Korea, in 1964. He began writing in 1993, publishing his first short story, “Song of Shuba,” at the age of twenty-nine. He released a collection of short stories in 2005 and has since won four literature awards and published more than eight books. From 2009 to 2014, he served as a member of The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International. Additionally, he worked as an editorial writer for NewJejuIlbo, a newspaper in Jeju City, Korea. He holds a PhD in Political Science and currently serves as the Vice President of The Korean Institute for Peace and Cooperation. Moreover, he holds the position of President of the Korean Association of World Literature.

Stop war, Make Peace

Once upon a time, a wise man said,
Keep peace of mind

Peace in Palestine,
Peace to Israel,
Every life is precious,
Ordinary truth must inspire the world.

Lay down your weapons,
Cease the war.
There is always an alternative:
Coexistence and peace instead of hatred and revenge.

All things are interconnected.
If I live by taking others’ lives,
This world will become hell.

Extend mercy to the entire world,
Release yourself from greed, anger, and ignorance.
Be free, be free,
Free yourself from the bloody memories of the past.”

Be happy,
Be comfortable,
Keep peace.
There is greatness in that,
Enjoy the joy of life with wisdom.
For peace in the human mind.

Peace emanates from within.

Find wisdom in the gentle whispers of the mountain breeze,
Calm your heart from within,
Where the serene silence of the world is born.
Discover perfect peace within your tranquil soul.

You wander into the depths of shadows,
Each being’s journey, the world moves with vengeance,
Comparisons yield nothing but sorrow.
Illuminate your path, find your own light.

Embrace all life with compassion,
Seek the interconnected threads,
Kindness and love bring forth the light of peace.

Regrets of the past, fears of the future,
Find peace in this moment now.
As the wise one once said,
Suffering arises from desires unbridled,
Peace emerges from within when attachment fades.
Break free from desire, anger, ignorance,
Respect all beings, big and small,
Reflect on life in the light of introspection,
Contemplate deeply with the eyes of wisdom every day.
Those who know contentment will find peace.