Burn yourself out 
don’t burn by halves
burn and burn
till you turn to ashes 
what use is
a half burnt stump? 

If you’d stop halfway
just don’t start
stay unburnt 
like greenwood
but if you’re for burning 
burn yourself out 
burn all the way 
burn to ashes

“Love” by Lee Un-sang (Rohsan), 1903-1982 

Translation adapted from Master Sijo Poems From Korea, Classical and Modern, 
selected and translated by Jaihiun Joyce Kim. Seoul: Si-sa-yong-o-sa Publishers, 1982