Cel­e­brated Korean po­ems

Nightin­gale

The Korea Times - - EDUCATION -

Seo Jeong-ju (1915 - 2001) Trans­lated by Brother An­thony

The path my love took is speck­led with tears. Play­ing his flute, he be­gan the long jour­ney to western real ms, where aza­lea rains fall. Dressed all in white son eat, son eat, my love' s jour­ney' s too long, he' ll never re­turn.

I might have tressed shoes or san­dals of straw wo­ven strand by strand with al lours ad story. Cut­ting off my poor hair with a sil­ver blade, I might have used that to we ave san­dals for him.

In the weary night sky, as silk lanterns glow, a bird sings laments that it can not con­tain, re­fresh­ing its voice in the Milky Way' s me an­ders; eyes closed, in­tox­i­cated with its own blood. My dear, gone to heaven' s end alone!

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