“Azaleas” by Kim So-wol

[translated by geul from Korean]

When you leave

Because the sight of me sickens you

I will send you off in peace without a word

 

Mount Yak in Yeongbyeon

Azaleas —

I will gather an armful and strew them in your path

 

Your departing step step

Those flowers laid there

Tread on them softly and go

 

When you leave

Because the sight of me sickens you

Though it kill me, I will not spill a tear.

[original Korean]

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