"Autumn Field " by Shin Dalja

Autumn Field

 

 

Look upon the autumn field

after they sow and reap three thousand times, then sow and reap another three thousand

The still of one leaf of paper grown more sensitive

Even wind sails on modestly, attired neatly

In truth, liberal mind and broad bosom with profound, patient endurance

When a proud winged creature happens to pass droppings in its flight

This paper sops it up, just as writing paper would ink water

What a charitable paper

The young moon who intended to pass over quietly finds it cannot

even take one stepdespite such welcomeand halts trembling

 

 

 

Translated by Cho Young-Shil

 

 

 

Shin Dalja is a member of the National Academy of Arts, and has served as the chair of the Society of Korean Poets. She has received the Republic of Korea’s Eungwan (Silver Crown) Order of Cultural Merit, the Chong Chi-Yong Literature Prize, the Daesan Literary Award, and the Gong Cho Literature Award. Her poetry collection Paper has been translated into Mongolian and Spanish, and Passionate Love into German.