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Curled up like a shrimp... | 02-Oct-09

Curled up like a shrimp.
Last night I slept alone.
The night before, again a shrimp,
I curled up on my own.

What sort of life is this?
To lie from dusk till dawn,
Night after night, curled up in sleep,
Like some tight-bellied prawn?

But, ah! today my darling's come,
And pandle times are past.
Tonight I shall, with long-stretched legs,
Unshrimp myself at last.

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I read this poem in a literary competition in, I think, either the Spectator or the New Statesman some time in the 1970s. It was said to be a translation from the Korean. Can anyone identify its author? The author of the English poem, I mean, not of the Korean original.
Simon Cauchi

Shrimp Sleep translated by Graeme Wilson, published in Encounter
Susanne Woodman

Excellent! Thank you!
Simon Cauchi


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