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As the Spring Wind Blows

  • onMarch 10, 2016
  • Vol.31 Spring 2016
  • byMoon Taejun

 

As the spring wind blows
ripples smile
 
and as the spring wind blows
from a cave a snake emerges
 
and as the spring wind blows
the base-stone is loosened
 
and as the spring wind blows
incurred debts are repaid
new debts made
 
and as the spring wind blows
ghosts loiter
 
and as the spring wind blows
starlight moving away
from the world’s two green eyes.
 

 

Translated by Sophie Bowman

Author's Profile

Moon Taejun is a program director at the Buddhist Broadcasting System. His writings include Crowded Backyard, Naked Foot, Flatfish, The Growth of a Shadow, and A Faraway Place. He is a recipient of the Dongsuh Literary Award, Nojak Literary Prize, Midang Literary Award, and Sowol Poetry Award. His poetry collection The Growth of a Shadow has been published in English and his poems “My Mother’s Prayer Beads” and “A Faraway Place” were published in The Guardian.