80s-90s / A-G / Poems in Korean Middle School Textbooks / Poetry Translation

Had We Been Snowflakes – Ahn Do-hyun

Had We Been Snowflakes

Ahn Do-hyun (1961-present)

Had we been snowflakes,
l
et us not become sleet
t
hat hesitantly scatters in the air.
Even if the world is gusty, freezing, and dark,
let us come down in big, cozy flakes
t
o the lowest part of
town where people live.
Had 
we been snowflakes,
l
et us become letters
for sleepless people at their windows,

a
nd let us become new skin
t
hat forms over their deep, red scar.

1991
(Translated by Jido Ahn. January 2016)

 

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Learn more about the poet: Ahn Do-hyeon (1961-)

우리가 눈발이라면

안도현 (1961-)

우리가 눈발이라면
허공에서 쭈빗쭈빗 흩날리는
진눈깨비는 되지 말자.
세상이 바람 불고 춥고 어둡다 해도
사람이 사는 마을
가장 낮은 곳으로
따뜻한 함박눈이 되어 내리자.
우리가 눈발이라면
잠 못든 이의 창문가에서는
편지가 되고
그이의 깊고 붉은 상처 위에 돋는
새살이 되자.

1991

 

Some of Ahn’s poems are in Korean textbook, and this one appears in 7th grade’s textbook.

Ahn is a very politically outspoken poet, and as you can see from this poem, he advocates for people who are marginalized in the society. In 2013, Ahn announced that he won’t publish a poem while Park Geun-hye is serving as a president on his Twitter. Although she is elected by voters, she is a daughter of a controversial dictator, Park Chung-hee. There are many contemporary Korean poets who openly endorse one political stance or another.

photo credit: Woman Chosun

 

Other poems by Ahn Do-hyun:
I Ask You – Ahn Do-hyun
A Piece of Briquette – Ahn Do-hyun
I Ask You – Ahn Do-hyun
A Piece of Briquette – Ahn Do-hyun

2 thoughts on “Had We Been Snowflakes – Ahn Do-hyun

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