Nostalgia by Jung Ji-yong

Translated by Chae-Pyong Song and Anne Rashid

Painted by Kang Jang-won

Nostalgia by Jung Ji-yong (1902-1950)

This is the place
where, toward the eastern end of that vast field,
the small brook that babbles old stories turns around,
and the brindled cow
cries sadly and slowly in golden glow

How could you forget this place even in a dream?

This is the place
where, when ashes in the clay stove get cold,
the sound of the night wind on the empty field runs like a horse,
and the old Father overcome with shallow sleepiness
lays himself down, propped up by a straw pillow

How could you forget this place even in a dream?

This is the place
where, longing for the blue light of the sky,
my heart has grown in this soil–
it would drench itself in the grassy dew
in search of the arrows I shot at random

How could you forget this place even in a dream?

This is the place
where the young sister would run, her hair flying behind her ears,
like the night waves that dance upon the legendary sea,
and the ordinary-looking wife,
with her feet bare in the field for all four seasons,
would glean through what remains with the hot sunlight on her back

How could you forget this place even in a dream?

This is the place
where the stars sparsely dot the sky
and shuffle their footsteps toward the unknown sand castle,
the frosty crows pass by the poor rooftop, howling,
and family sits around the faint light to talk together softly

How could you forget this place even in a dream?

향수(鄕愁)/ 정지용

넓은 벌 동쪽 끝으로
옛이야기 지줄대는 실개천이 휘돌아 나가고,
얼룩백이 황소가
해설피 금빛 게으른 울음을 우는 곳.

――그 곳이 차마 꿈엔들 잊힐 리야.

질화로에 재가 식어지면,
비인 밭에 밤바람 소리 말을 달리고,
엷은 졸음에 겨운 늙으신 아버지가
짚베개를 돋워 고이시는 곳.

――그 곳이 차마 꿈엔들 잊힐 리야.

흙에서 자란 내 마음
파아란 하늘 빛이 그리워
함부로 쏜 화살을 찾으러
풀섶 이슬에 함초롬 휘적시던 곳.

――그 곳이 차마 꿈엔들 잊힐 리야.

전설(傳說) 바다에 춤추는 밤 물결 같은
검은 귀밑머리 날리는 어린 누이와
아무렇지도 않고 예쁠 것도 없는,
사철 발 벗은 아내가
따가운 햇살을 등에 지고 이삭 줍던 곳.

――그 곳이 차마 꿈엔들 잊힐 리야.

하늘에는 성근 별
알 수도 없는 모래성으로 발을 옮기고,
서리 까마귀 우지짖고 지나가는 초라한 지붕,
흐릿한 불빛에 돌아앉아 도란도란거리는 곳.

――그 곳이 차마 꿈엔들 잊힐 리야.

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