HyunSeung Kim was born on April 4,1913 in Pyongyang, North Korea. HyunSeung and his family moved to Jeju Island and lived there until they moved to Gwangju when he was 6 years old. He dropped out of Soongsil college due to illness. With his poem 'At the coming of lonely winter evening should you' submitted to a popular korean newspaper Dong-a Ilbo he started his career as a poet. more »
may I pray, Lord.
Awaited till the leaves are fallen and may my
humble mother tongue be filled within me.
may I love, Lord.
May I choose the only one.
To grow the most delightful fruits
may I plant this time of richness.
may I be alone, Lord.
May my soul,
through the roaring sea
and the valley of lilies,
be reached atop a bough like a crow.
(May 25th 1934)
Translated, from Korean, by Daniel Yang