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Autumn Prayer

  • onDecember 21, 2017
  • Vol.38 Winter 2017
  • byKim Hyunseung
Autumn Prayer
Tr. Cho Young-Shil

 

In Autumn
let me pray . . .
Fill me with the humble mother tongue
bestowed on me at the fall of the leaves in time

In Autumn
let me love . . .

Embrace one only—
Plow this fertile
hour for the most beautiful fruit—

In Autumn
let me be solitary . . .
My soul,
like a raven who’s come through the sinuous waters
and the valley of lilies
to alight on a sapless bough

 

 

Translated by Cho Young-Shil