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"Heartache" by Kim Nam Jo

  • Provider
    LTI Korea
  • Issued Date
    VOL.27 SPRING 2015
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“I am sick,” my heart said, but

Silence had not yet matured, so that voice was faint.


When my heart said,

“I am sick, gravely sick.”

Because silence had matured

I knew what it had said.


My heart said,

“I have melted

From the pierced pains of the arrow

That each became their own scales and tones

As if notes in a symphony

From a melody of a solemn song

But the concert is an abyss

That can only be heard in silence.”


My heart also said, 

“Longings, regrets, destitution, pain

The everyday life of man

These break down into water

And until it becomes distilled,

In pain, sufferings are


As a gift upon the altar of life

And life is truly

Of this value.”

                       -translated by Sunny Jung

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