North Korea is once again in the news, having launched its first satellite into space. The name of the rocket that the satellite was on is “Gwangmyeongsong” (光明星, 광명성; Kwangmyŏngsŏng). It is in reference to a poem composed by Kim Ilsung (金日成, 김일성, 1912-1994) published in the Workers’ Newspaper (勞動新聞, 노동신문; Rodong Sinmun) in 1992 as Kim Jongil’s (金正日, 김정일, 1942-2011) birthday present.
A Song of Praise for the Bright Star
On the summit of Mount Baekdu is Jeongil Peak;
In the waters and streams of Mount Sobaek flows a blue brook.
Since the Bright Star’s Birth, it is the Fiftieth anniversary.
All praise for his readiness in the literary and martial arts and loyalty and filial piety.
Ten thousand people praise and laud and all are same in heart.
The cheery acclamations sound loud and heaven and earth tremble.
Disclaimer: This post is not to intended in any manner as sympathizing or promoting North Korea and its cause. It is the author’s hope that the picture selected gets this point across.
- 齊(제) – Here, it means “all together” (儕, 제)