Our Life Is Beautiful and Valuable in Love and Affection

Our Life Is Beautiful and Valuable in Love and Affection*
by C. Charles Bley

of Fisheries
kinsmen bereaved
an autograph
words and beauty

There soon
they paid the affairs
making a
mother Whenever

their father
Sunday things and new
home my home
the years ago his home

one after
my sister with trouble
ever this heavy
saying I was an orphan

happiness
they stand in memory
deep severely
a poor expectation

night
something ran in the corridor
an honor
rising Thanks to burning life



*The full article "Our Life Is Beautiful and Valuable in Love and Affection" originally appeared 3.23.2013 on the website Rodong Sinmun. Title of article and name of publication are used here without permission. This project, 소거법 (Elimination), is defined by the application of poetic erasure to text from North Korean government "news sources" - with whose worldview the resulting poems are intended to clash, in their own small way.
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