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Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Poetess and Nun

Sister Claudia Haein Lee is one of Korea's best-loved poets. Here is one of my favorites:

The Words "I Miss You"

As if for the first time today
These words sounds new.

"I miss you."

On a rainy day
they sound like a cello
and on a clear day
they sound like a piano.
It is your voice.

Whenever I hear the words,
they become a song.
And though I have heared the words all my life.
They still beat within my heart.

More savory than love are your words
and therein lies the sea of yearning.
That is ordinary, but very deep.

"I miss you."

Even towards me
the blue sea surges,
and to my heart
the birds fly again.