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Susok Setting Sorrow

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Susok Setting Sorrow

The time has come to create
        the susok of our garden
Two pairs of hands to place the rocks
        by waterfall and bamboo shoots
Only one pair of hands now, 
        as I shift sand wet with tears.

For Debbie Guzzi's Walk Softy Contest
August 20, 2013


"In prehistoric times, Koreans believed that rocks had more power than water and other things in nature. Also, they believed that rocks engendered God's good-will.  Therefore, the arrangement of rocks is considered as one of the "essential" elements in designing the traditional Korean garden.  Susok or "rock arrangement," gardens are commonly found."


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  1. Date: 5/4/2014 4:08:00 AM
    Eileen....this is awesome (I am being more than honest...not just to your face!) Forgive me if I envy you this write, but I could never have written this gem myself! Top 7 rating and a fav for this one :) thank you for telling me about it; my heart throbs!!! (who said I'm being emotional?) // paul

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 5/4/2014 4:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh, I hope it is a good throbbing! Some throbbing can be painful! :) Thanks, Paul. I need these words of praise...especially lately. You are very kind!!! Be emotional....It is a language I understand as I am overly emotional myself. Thank you for faving this. I'm touched.
  1. Date: 9/8/2013 9:30:00 PM
    Congrats on your win. Morgan

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, my dear. I appreciate the visit.
  1. Date: 9/8/2013 9:50:00 AM
    Well done,Eileen..Congrats on your superb win...

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/8/2013 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks ever so much for the visit. Very kind of you!
  1. Date: 9/8/2013 5:37:00 AM
    an overture of sadness in this poem raises it high congrats on win Shadow x smile

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/8/2013 11:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Shadow. It was a real challenge for me. I'm so glad that Debbie inspired us with examples....She made me want to try. Happy you could pass by! :)
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 9:04:00 PM
    Congratulations Eileen, in Debbie's awesome contest....... SKAT

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/8/2013 11:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi SKAT! Glad to see you on my page! :) I appreciate the words of congratulations..Also...so nice to see your avatar! :)
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 7:49:00 PM
    what a gem you have crafted here! Congrats on your win with this beautiful poem :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/8/2013 11:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sandra, glad to make your acquaintance. Thank you for your kind words! :)
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 6:39:00 PM
    One says ahhhhh!! with pure delight while reading this sijo !! Congratulations, Eileen!!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/8/2013 11:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Carrie, an honor to have this compliment from you! Thank you. you have brought me joy!
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 5:55:00 PM
    I hope your friends liked this, I certainly did! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/8/2013 11:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Light and Love...thanks ever so much, Debbie. Thank you for helping me to learn and appreciate the beauty of this form! Hugs!
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 1:42:00 PM
    special congrats on your win, eileen... so beautiful!..:)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) Thanks, sweetie! I'm so touched that you stopped by!
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 5:38:00 AM
    Congrats on the win

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Dr Ram! :)
  1. Date: 9/7/2013 4:56:00 AM
    hi Sweet Eileen, a super pretty and gentle win...luv..linda

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, my sweet PD! You are very gracious! :) HUGS!
  1. Date: 9/6/2013 10:58:00 PM
    oh my gosh, this is so powerful and such good writing, Eileen. So far I am loving the poems in Deb's winner list. She chose very well her top spots! congratulations to you.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, dear Andrea...It was a pleasure to join Debbie's contest. She gave us all such motivation with the Sijo she posted! Yes, she is a tough sponsor, and I'm truly honored with my placement! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such kind words!
  1. Date: 9/6/2013 7:28:00 PM
    Congratulations Eileen love xx

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Mandy! XOXO right back at ya!
  1. Date: 9/6/2013 2:54:00 PM
    Congrats on your winning informative work..Sara

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, dear Sara....Hugs!
  1. Date: 8/23/2013 10:21:00 AM
    wow i'm learning so much reading this,

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 9/7/2013 4:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) I learned a lot before I could write this... :) Thanks for visiting, Harry! I miss you when you don't come round!
  1. Date: 8/22/2013 7:52:00 AM
    Here is the response of my Korean friend, Chanmin Chung, when I posted this poem, along with Chris' evaluation on Facebook: I read now!! It's amazing!!! I've never imagined that one of my foreign friends writes Sijo..unbelievable. Thanks a lot!!! O...We are proud of you!! You are better than me!! O...we should prepare honorary Korean citizenship for you :)

  1. Date: 8/21/2013 4:27:00 AM
    - A little sad thoughts here Eileen .... but still beautiful. - Well done! - Wishing you good luck in the contest! - Have a nice day. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, Annie Lise....Life IS sometimes sad. I don't know how this come to me, but I loved the challenge of writing this. I checked out some things on the internet about Korea...It was delightful! HUGS!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 6:46:00 PM
    Serenity ! The Asian gardens with rocks, water fountains and beautiful little bamboo plants are my most favorite things, just like this lovely poem :)

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Karen.....I am very moved by your words of commendation. I do thank you from the bottom of my heart! HUGS!
    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 8/20/2013 6:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I also felt the loss in the end. Just a superb piece of poetry
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 4:34:00 PM
    I learned something new today teach! Good luck in the contest. Sitting on a beach in peachland enjoying the sun and water.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A pleasure to "teach" you, Richard....Come again! I'm glad you had a day in the sun!!! Lucky you! Will be going to CYPRUS soon...beach, sun, frappechinos, and halloumi for me! I can't wait! I CAN'T WAIT!!!! Cyprus is the Island of Aphrodite...beautiful in every way!!!!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 1:48:00 PM
    ouch..the absence of someone there that now is gone.Sad and beautiful especially your last line.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/21/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oh Charmaine, yes....I went through the death of my mother after a LONG and prolonged illness. Sometimes, at night....I hear my husband breathing and I pray that God will give him long life...my daughter...my loved ones. I'm not ready to face any such thing again. God knows....He is merciful. Thanks for the visit....HUGS
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