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Like a Period that Resembles a Flower Seed – Claudia Lee Hae-in

Like a Period that Resembles a Flower Seed

Claudia Lee Hae-in (1945-present)

With a fine throbbing
Of the day the seed I planted
Blossomed for the first time

With dazzling, touching feeling
Of the time I open the window
After days of illness
And look at the sky

With the pure voice
Trees speak with
In the sunlight after rain drops

With the spotless laugh
After reconciling with a friend
Whose mind had been frozen
From a minor dispute

Always
I want to love everyone

Even when life is unbearably tough
I want to live every day
Again with joy
Again with the fresh start
And live every day as a beautiful letter
That ends with a period
That resembles a flower seed

1999
(Translated by Jido Ahn. January 2017)

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Learn more about the poet: Claudia Lee Hae-in (1945-)

 

꽃씨를 닮은 마침표처럼

이해인 (1945~)

내가 심은 꽃씨가
처음으로 꽃을 피우던 날의
그 고운 설레임으로

며칠을 앓고 난 후
창문을 열고
푸른 하늘을 바라볼 때의
그 눈부신 감동으로

비온 뒤의 햇빛 속에
나무들이 들려주는
그 깨끗한 목소리로

별것 아닌 일로
마음이 꽁꽁 얼어 붙었던
친구와 오랜만에 화해한 후의
그 티없는 웃음으로

나는 항상
모든 사람을 사랑하고 싶다

못 견디게 힘든 때에도
다시 기뻐하고
다시 시작하여
끝내는 꽃씨를 닮은 마침표 찍힌
한통의 아름다운 편지로
매일을 살고 싶다

Photo source: DongA Ilbo

 

Other poems by Claudia Lee Hae-in:

The Love Song of a Dandelion – Claudia Lee Hae-in

4 thoughts on “Like a Period that Resembles a Flower Seed – Claudia Lee Hae-in

    • I’ve never really focused on women poets so far, so what I have on the blog are pretty much it. But I can translate feminist poems, if the person who would publish them could give me some time. Also, if there’s going to be copyright issues involved, I’d prefer that those have been worked out already. Please let me know!

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