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Kim Hyesoon

LEAN ON THE WATER Day Four

Lean your body on the water and cling to it

Can’t bear it any longer. I twist my body
holding on to the fingers of water and
 
wear a coat woven with water’s hair
I crouch and cover my face

Let’s be slant together
Let’s fall embracing each other

After I jump off
it’ll be your turn to jump

When I throw down the fishing line
please bite on the hook and bob up
I’ll do the same next time

Plead to

the water that talks to itself more than you do

It babbles on when it’s drunk
so I take the rain home

Water pours in through the window

You’re about to lean
on it
but the water
leans on you even more


LEUNEN OP WATER dag vier

het lichaam voorover geleund houd jij je vast

ik kan het niet meer aan het lichaam trekt krom
ik graai naar de vingers van het water
 
en ik draag een jas geweven van de haren van het water
knielend bedek ik mijn gezicht

laten we samen scheeftrekken
laten we elkaar omarmen en vallen
 
spring ik omlaag
dan spring jij op jouw beurt omlaag
 
gooi ik de hengel uit
dan hap jij naar de draad en komt omhoog
de volgende keer probeer ik het
 
ik richt een smeekbede
 
tot het water dat meer in zichzelf praat dan jij
 
gaat het voort in zijn dronken verwarring
neem ik de regen mee naar huis
 
het water dat door het venster naar binnen wil
 
het water
dat eens te meer komt leunen
op jou
die daarop leunen wil

물에 기대요 나흘

너는 전신을 기울여 매달려요

감당 못 하겠어요 몸을 비틀어
물의 손가락을 붙잡고

물의 머리칼로 짠 외투를 입어요
꿇어앉아 얼굴을 덮어요

함께 비뚤어지기로 해요
안고 넘어지기로 해요

내가 뛰어내리면
네가 뛰어내릴 차례예요

낚싯줄을 던지면
바늘을 물고 올라오세요
다음엔 내가 해볼게요

애원해요

너보다 더 혼잣말하는 물에게

엉망으로 취하면 길어져서
비를 집에 바래다줘요

창문으로 들어오려는 물을

기대려는
너에게
더 기대오는
물을
Close

LEAN ON THE WATER Day Four

Lean your body on the water and cling to it

Can’t bear it any longer. I twist my body
holding on to the fingers of water and
 
wear a coat woven with water’s hair
I crouch and cover my face

Let’s be slant together
Let’s fall embracing each other

After I jump off
it’ll be your turn to jump

When I throw down the fishing line
please bite on the hook and bob up
I’ll do the same next time

Plead to

the water that talks to itself more than you do

It babbles on when it’s drunk
so I take the rain home

Water pours in through the window

You’re about to lean
on it
but the water
leans on you even more


LEAN ON THE WATER Day Four

Lean your body on the water and cling to it

Can’t bear it any longer. I twist my body
holding on to the fingers of water and
 
wear a coat woven with water’s hair
I crouch and cover my face

Let’s be slant together
Let’s fall embracing each other

After I jump off
it’ll be your turn to jump

When I throw down the fishing line
please bite on the hook and bob up
I’ll do the same next time

Plead to

the water that talks to itself more than you do

It babbles on when it’s drunk
so I take the rain home

Water pours in through the window

You’re about to lean
on it
but the water
leans on you even more


Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
Partners
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