Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Spring has sprung - and is Leaf-ing me behind

Despite the advertising, it would still take more than an hour here to change my mood. 
Happy hour? Ha! It's time for:
Sometimes life is sweet, sometimes life is the pits.

Flowers and herbs as far as the eye can see. 
It was a Farmers Market Thursday in the concrete jungle. 
 I am full of impatiens for the spring.
Just pretend that this is as sage as I am.
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Azaleas
When you turn away from seeing me
and go,
gently, without a word, I shall send you away.
From Mount Yak in Yongbyon,
azaleas
I shall gather an armful and scatter them on your way.
Step after step away
on those flowers placed
before you, press deep, step lightly, and go
When you turn away from seeing me
and go,
thought I die, no, not a single tear shall fall.

from Korean poet Kim Sowol’s classic collection, Azaleas, translated by David R. McCann








all photos via the iTouch

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