April 8th, 2006

older Cordelia

[Lazarus Saturday]

Beside a Chrysanthemum
—So Chong-Ju
(translated from the Korean by David R. McCann)

To bring one chrysanthemum
to flower, the cuckoo has cried
since spring.

To bring one chrysanthemum to bloom,
thunder has rolled
through the black clouds.

Flower, like my sister returning
from distant, youthful byways
of throat-tight longing
to stand by the mirror:

for your yellow petals to open
last night such a frost fell,
and I could not sleep.

from here