“Flowers Blooming on the Mountains” by Kim So-Wol

Kim So-Wol - Flowers on the Mountain

On the mountains flowers bloom.
Flowers bloom.
Through autumn, spring, and summer,
flowers bloom.

On the mountains,
On the mountains,
flowers bloom.
Each one as alone as me.

The small birds chirping on the mountains
enjoy flowers.
On the mountains,
he is a servant of noble birth.

On the mountains flowers fade.
Flowers fade.
Through autumn, spring, and summer,
flowers fade.

 

산에는 꽃 피네
꽃이 피네
갈 봄 여름 없이

산에
산에
피는 꽃은
저만치 혼자서 피어 있네

산에서 우는 작은 새요
꽃이 좋아
산에서
사노라네

산에는 꽃지네
꽃이 지네
갈 봄 여름 없이
꽃이 지네

 

Kim So-Wol (1902—1934) was born in Kwaksan in the province of North Pyeongan under the given name Jeong-Sik. Some of his most widely read poems include Azaleas (진달래꽃), Flowers Blooming on the Mountains (산유화/山有花),  Mother, Sister (엄마야, 누낭), and Wanderer’s Spring (낭인의 봄).