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 like that
since spring

For a single chrysanthemum to blossom
the thunder too must have cried like that
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 like that
and to me sleep not come

see original Korean –>국화 옆에서

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