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Poem I Can Only Sing

2010.01.28 02:13

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I Can Only Sing / 이한중



    Why is it that I can only sing
    when the world seems to know no end
    of sufferings and tragedies?

    Why is it that I can only sing
    when Haiitian earthquakes perished so many, and
    when the father and son dictators
    in the North Korea have caused such atrocities
    and sufferings over half a century?

    Why is it that I can only sing
    when the on-going deep recession
    is causing so much suffering,
    poverty and uncertainty?

    Why is it that I can only sing
    in the middle of all of these and much more?
    Why is it that I can only sing
    when in fact the entire history of
    the human civilizations full of such sufferings,
    such tragedies and such atrocities?
     
    My little soul is like a little blue bird,
    completely lost in a forest,
    that was born only to sing,
    no matter what you see, hear and feel.
    The bird knows well
    it does not make any difference at all
    doing otherwise.
     
    My little soul is like a little flower in the field.
    It does not know other than the beauty
    of HIS creations surrounding it.
    All the little flower must do is to do its best
    showing off its beauty,
    just as other creations of HIS are doing.
     
    My little soul is like an innocent deer
    in  the snowy January Northern Michigan.
    He is happy jumping around
    in the snow covered forest, knowing
    where to find some extra corn under the snow.
    That's all it matters to him.
     
    I can only sing,
    nothing else,
    in spite of everything
    bad, sad, tragic, painful, sorrowful,
    and death,
    because I was born to sing,
    because I was created by HIM that way,
    just like the little blue bird,
    the little flower and the innocent deer,
    and because
    I was made out of HIS love.




Poem by Hahn Joong Lee, Photo by Euiyul Joh
Webpage by Sukjoo, January 28, 2010
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