KOREAN POETRY: The Word of the Wind (by Mah Jong-gi)

Posted: August 6, 2013 in Korean Poetry
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After all of us leave,
if my spirit passes by you,
don’t think even for a moment it is
the wind that sways the spring boughs.
Today I will plant a flower
on a corner of the shadow
where I got to know you;
when the flower grows to bloom,
all the distress that stemmed from our acquaintance
will turn into petals and fly away.

It will turn into petals and fly away.
Though it is unbearably distant
and futile,
how can we measure all the things in the world
with only a small ruler?
When every now and then you turn your ears toward where the wind blows,
my beloved, don’t forget even if you become tired
the word of the wind that comes from faraway.

~MAH JONG-GI

(A translated version that I found. Source: http://jaypsong.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/the-word-of-the-wind-by-mah-jonggi/ )

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