As winter enters this land of rivers and lakes,
the snow is more than a foot in depth.
Even though my hat is made of bamboo
and my coat is woven from straw,
This body’s warmth is also a debt
we owe to our great king.
This poem is in the public domain. The Ever White Mountain; Korean Lyrics in the Classical Sijo Form (Rutland, Vt., Tuttle, 1965).