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POETRY

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