Translated by Chae-Pyong Song and Anne Rashid
Photography by Shawn Malone
The Word of the Wind by Mah Jonggi (1939-)
After all of us leave,
if my spirit passes by you,
don’t think even for a moment it is
the wind that sways the spring boughs.
Today I will plant a flower
on a corner of the shadow
where I got to know you;
when the flower grows to bloom,
all the distress that stemmed from our acquaintance
will turn into petals and fly away.