Poem: I will return to the sky

Korean poem “Gwicheon” by  Cheon Sang-byeong

귀천(歸天)

천상병

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
새벽빛 와 닿으면 스러지는
이슬 더불어 손에 손을 잡고,

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
노을빛 함께 단둘이서
기슭에서 놀다가 구름 손짓하면은,

나 하늘로 돌아가리라.
아름다운 이 세상 소풍 끝내는 날,
가서, 아름다웠더라고 말하리라……
Discussion of the poem (in Korean)

sunset

This is not a translation, but my attempt to describe some of the images in the poem.  I humbly ask forgiveness if it misses the mark from the author’s original intent.

I will return to the sky.
Dawn’s light touches the dew.
We are hand in hand together.

I will return to the sky.
Together just the two of us
Sunset’s rays playing at the foot of the clouds,

I will return to the sky.
End of day’s picnic to this beautiful world,
Go, more beautiful than I can say …

The poem’s personality is described as visual, descriptive, contemplative, and optimistic.

Life is a beautiful picnic, and when this fleeting life is done, I will return to the sky.

I sent Chulmoon the poem “Do not stand at my grave and weep”, and this poem seems to have a similar hopeful tone.

나 하늘로 돌아가리라. – I will return to the sky.
하늘 – sky / heaven
돌아가다 – to return to
이슬 – dew
새벽빛 – dawn’s light, daybreak’s glow
닿다 – touch, gently brush
더불어 손에 손을 잡고, – hand in hand
함께 – together, with
단둘이서 – just the two of us
노을빛 – sunset’s rays
놀다 – play, frolic
구름 – cloud
기슭에서 놀다가 구름 – playing at the foot of clouds
손짓하다 – gesture, beckon with the hand
아름다운 – beautiful
이 세상 – the world
소풍 – picnic
끝내다 – end, complete
날 – day
아름답다 – beautiful
더 – more
라고 – in the way of, as for
말하다 – to say, speak
One of the ways I learn Korean, by looking at the words in poems.

Korean sunsets from the Korean Tourism Organization.

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One Response to Poem: I will return to the sky

  1. Chul Moon says:

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    Liked by 1 person

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