Sentinel Poetry (Online) #56 ISSN 1479-425X
THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POETRY & GRAPHICS...since December 2002
Editor-in-Chief: Amatoritsero Ede
A summer day near a pine tree on Chukryong Mountain
a brown toad is squatting on a mossy rock.
I havenít seen that species of toad for such a long time.
If I look at it whether it is at peace
or hiding, it still doesnít blink.
One of Godís creatures, its lower back is as
deep and thick as nature: the smell of soil
and the whisper of valley water
are on its soil-brown lower back.
I can clearly see every kind of insect, blades of grass, the sky
and the infinitude of celestial bodies
in the deep color of its lower back.
Today Iíve been revived
on that toadís back.
Elzeard Bouffier, a tree planter,
a man-god created by a French writer
who lives in the deserted highlands of the Alps
silently plants trees to hold water,
talks to the birds,
creates life in the earth,
fills it with lives,
an illiterate country man
unaware of any other world.
Above all he doesnít say a word,
speaking through the trees he plants,
speaking only through the flowing water,
speaking only through the songs of birds
and blooming flowers.
in human form,
'The Toad' and 'A God' translated from Korean into English
Translator of Hyon-Jong Chong's poems.
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