Monthly Archives: September 2015

Beside a Chrysanthemum by Seo Jeong-ju

(translated from the Korean by geul)

 

For a single chrysanthemum to blossom
the owl must’ve cried thus
since spring

 

For a single chrysanthemum to blossom
the thunder too must have cried thus
inside the inky clouds

 

Oh  flower, you who look like my elder sister,
standing before a mirror, returned now from
the far-flung alleys of her youth when
regret and longing wrung her heart

 

So that your yellow petals open,
last night, the first frost must’ve fallen thus
and to me sleep not come

see original Korean –>국화 옆에서