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The Winter Sea

  • onApril 20, 2015
  • Vol.27 Spring 2015
  • byKim Nam Jo
Selected Poems of Kim Namjo
Tr. David R. McCann and Hyunjae Yee Sallee
1993
140pp.

 

I went out to the winter sea,
but the birds of unknown species,
those I longed to see, had died and were gone.

I tried to think of you,
but in the biting sea wind
the truth itself turned to tears
and froze.

The flames of
emptiness
set fire to furrows on the water.

Time
as always
is what teaches me.
I stood by the winter sea,
nodding.
The days remaining
may be few,

but I wish for the soul
in which the door
to the even more heated prayer
is opened after my prayer.
The days remaining
may be few,
but I have gone to the winter sea,
I have seen where the waters of bitter
endurance
form the pillar of the ocean’s deep