No Chonmyong (1912-1957) was a Korean poet, lecturer and journalist. As a result of her opposition to the Korean War, she was convicted for 'anti-government' activities and sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment. Public protests, especially from the literary community, forced the authorities to release her after six months.
A nameless woman
I wish to be a nameless woman
way out on a small hillside.
With gourd-vines on the roof of my cottage,
pumpkins and cucumbers in a hemp-garden,
the moon invited into my yard
over a fence made of roses,
and my arms full of stars;
the owl-hooting dark will not make me lonely.
In a village where the train never stops,
eating millet-cake soaked in a brass basin,
talking with a close friend until late at night
about the secrets of the fox-haunted mountains,
while a shaggy dog barks at the moon,
I shall be happier than a queen.
Translated by Ko Won
*Third World Resurgence No. 322/323, Jun/July 2017, p 64