Two (Mis)translations


 
 

a day long after

if you seek me some day long after,
then, my words will be "i have forgotten."

if your heart rebukes me,
"while yearning so, i have forgotten."

if your heart rebukes me still,
“not believing, i have forgotten.”

today and yesterday i forget not,
but in a day long after, then, "i have forgotten."
 

by Kim Sowol (1902-1934), trans.  Ae Hee Lee